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Creativity + Innovation Jam for Business

By |2018-08-27T00:16:05+00:00October 26th, 2018|

How might we... help local entrepreneurs apply creativity and innovation to their business.   Four accomplished and inspirational thought leaders from business and academia will provide unique perspectives and practices of creativity and innovation. Nine accomplished entrepreneurs will share their insights and revelations in 20x20 pecha [...]

Design Thinking Crash Course

By |2018-09-10T19:27:05+00:00September 11th, 2018|

Need a new idea for a business or a class project? Have a problem you need to solve? During this fast-paced workshop, participants will be introduced to the process of Design Thinking, and the steps of empathy, define, ideate, prototype, test, and share. The goal of this crash course is to quickly show how to apply this proven process to their own projects in the future. Each participant will leave with a prototype they created as a demonstration of their success.

Design Thinking in the Classroom: Faculty Version

By |2018-08-08T07:09:18+00:00August 15th, 2018|

In our efforts to introduce Design Thinking into every classroom at SDSU, ZIP Idea Lab has developed a program that prepares faculty and administrators to begin building a common language and understanding of the process. This workshop, led by the Director Kevin Popovic, introduces a proven process [...]

Internships Opportunities at ZIP Idea Lab

By |2018-07-27T22:36:46+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Education, News|

We help people to solve their problems using Design Thinking and other creative problem solving tools. We help the people in our SDSU community – people, teams and organizations – on campus and afar. We also work with the business community to help them solve problems, [...]

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Understanding the Role of the Idea Guy

By |2018-07-27T22:50:00+00:00March 3rd, 2018|Education|

Where do great ideas come from? Why do some people have better ideas than others? Why do some companies seem to always have a lot of big ideas and others don't have one? All of these questions have the same answer. For most of my career, [...]

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Why Bad Ideas Happen to Good Businesses

By |2018-07-27T22:39:42+00:00October 7th, 2017|Design, Education|

For nearly 30 years, I’ve worked with leaders in the C-Suite to make strategic decisions about their business. From coast to coast and abroad, I listened in awe and amazement to the ideas presented and the rationale behind them. Some were awesome, and some were awful [...]

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“Flowers are Red” and Other Lies About Creativity + Innovation

By |2018-07-31T05:40:23+00:00August 2nd, 2017|Design, Education|

Teaching Creativity + Innovation in the College of Business at San Diego State University has provided an ongoing contribution of reference, reading and examples of what my clients and colleagues have discovered during their own exploration of their creative profile. One of the more recent shares was from a client - [...]

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Understanding Ideation: So much more than just the idea.

By |2018-07-27T22:47:22+00:00July 30th, 2017|Design, Education|

This isn't going to take very long to write - I've been thinking about this since it happened on Friday. I was delivering my second Design Thinking workshop of the day: faculty in the morning, Fulbright scholars in the afternoon. 29 international students with academic honors that are [...]

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TEDx | How Creativity Can Change the World, One Bad Drawing at a Time

By |2018-07-27T22:45:04+00:00July 25th, 2017|Design, Education, Resources|

Everybody is creative, to some degree, in one way or another. The degree is often determined by the level of creativity attained as a child and the positive feedback you had during those formative years drawing ponies for your mom’s refrigerator. In fact, 98% of children [...]

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