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Book Review The Service Innovation Handbook

Book Review The Service Innovation Handbook

By Zhenyu (Sherry) Xue – 2016 Mitacs Globalink intern at UBC d.studio After reading Business Model Generation, I got my second reading assignment—The Service Innovation Handbook. Equipped with basic knowledge about strategic design, I began my deeper exploration into service innovation.   The Service Innovation Handbook is a useful guide for service organizations to think and […]

Book Review Business Model Generation

Book Review Business Model Generation

By Zhenyu (Sherry) Xue – 2016 Mitacs Globalink intern at UBC d.studio On my first day as a research assistant at UBC d.studio, I was given this book to start my internship. I’m an undergraduate from Wuhan University, majoring in Electronic Commerce. As a beginner in strategic design, I opened the book with excitement.   […]

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Launch of UBC Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs

Back to school! And at UBC, we are launching our new Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs.  The world is in the midst of major and rapid transformation: dramatic technological change, instability in the system of globalization, dramatic rise of emerging powers and rebalancing of power, increased presence of systemic risk, climate crisis and […]

UBC Design Challenge:  the art and science of solution making

UBC Design Challenge: the art and science of solution making

Society needs new ways to find solutions to complex, wicked, systemic problems. Similarly, universities need new ways to engage students and faculty in co-creating useful solutions with external partners (academia, business, government, non-profit, and citizen leaders) while building capacity for real-world, creative problem-solving and providing sustainable benefits to students. In addition, employers are demanding not […]

Expo Innovation Challenge:  Milan Oct 9-11, 2015

Expo Innovation Challenge: Milan Oct 9-11, 2015

There are no shortage of opportunities to engage in challenges these days — one in particular has come onto my radar screen because I am going to attend, give a workshop and float around the challenge as a mentor for one day. This particular challenge is in Milan Italy.  Here is the link:Expo Innovation Challenge […]

d.studio students work with iHUB new ventures

d.studio students work with iHUB new ventures

This term, one of the d.studio sections has been working with social enterprises who are part of the Coast Capital Saving iHUB. Each team of 5-6 students are working with a different “design/business problem”.  They begin by working with their client to co-create a design brief (what problem or opportunity they will work on through […]

The Studio Summit:  Copenhagen Business School

The Studio Summit: Copenhagen Business School

Angele and I attended the first Studio Summit at the Copenhagen Business School at the end of August. The Summit gathered together around 25 participants who teach in some form of studio in business schools, theatres, engineering programs and other interesting locations. Of course, we ran the Summit like a studio. The first day we […]

d.studio moves to new Sauder Learning Labs

d.studio moves to new Sauder Learning Labs

Just an update (finally) on the move of the d.studio from Henry Angus 338 to the new Sauder Learning Labs.  First an update on COMM 388 and its “expansion”.  This term we have two studios happening.  On Tuesday afternoons Angele Beausoleil is leading 30 students in an exploration with a client and on Wednesday afternoons […]

Millennials + Cars?

Millennials + Cars?

Millennials don’t care about owning cars and car makers can’t figure out why…there’s a headline that caught my eye.  http://www.fastcoexist.com/3027876/millennials-dont-care-about-owning-cars-and-car-makers-cant-figure-out-why Written by Darren Ross in Fast Company’s newsletter, here are some interesting stats: The number of cars purchased by people 18-34 years old fell almost 30%. According to new research, younger millennials are actually engaged […]

Leading Business by Design:  Why and how business leaders invest in design

Leading Business by Design: Why and how business leaders invest in design

Design is everything, because without it we have no business. … there is intense competition, and anybody can design a decent product.  They can’t all design outstanding products.  So, design is the differentiator.  CEO, Pentland Brands plc Leading Business by Design:  Why and how business leaders invest in design is a report on research conducted by […]

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