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Community engagement and co-design

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A deep dive: Engaging with community on Norfolk Island

ThinkPlace designers Cybelle Ledez and Wai Ko on Norfolk Island

A successful quit-smoking program for young Māori women

ThinkPlace New Zealand's quit-smoking project for young Māori women
New Zealand

Most organisations aren't good at customer research. Here's why.

Customer discovery means asking the right questions
United States

It seems obvious but so many organisations don’t get it right. Why carry out customer discovery? Why do consumer research? 

It’s to ask customers what they want, right? 


Nine things I learned designing in Africa during 2018

Eliot Duffy from ThinkPlace with the local community in Africa

What is it like design thinking your way across Africa as a new member of ThinkPlace’s Kenya Studio? Eliot Duffy shares the lessons he’s learned in 2018.


Codesign means telling a story (but it might not be the one you think....)

Nina Terrey from ThinkPlace with the core design team for the Family Safety Hub.
United States

The ACT Government’s recently-announced Family Safety Hub has been widely and rightly celebrated.

"We absolutely think this work could save lives," ACT Coordinator-General for Family Safety Jo Wood said at the project’s launch.

We've got designs on a global accolade for Australia's capital...

A sculpture at Canberra airport

Montreal, Buenos Aires, Bilbao, Helsinki, Beijing… all are among the world’s most stunning cities. And all are recognised as UNESCO cities of Design.

Why not Canberra?

Adding Australia’s capital to the list of global design cities is a goal of the  Design Canberra festival. As a gold sponsor of the event and a leading voice in Canberra’s design community, ThinkPlace is proud to lead the charge.

Helping small communities become renewable energy powerhouses

Solar panels

They call it the trilemma.

Electricity bills and carbon emissions both continue to rise, while supply is at times unstable during times of peak demand.

Is it any wonder that, across Australia, towns and communities are beginning to explore how they might take charge of their energy supply? How they can harness their collective ability to generate and purchase power and play their part in accelerating a much-needed shift to renewable energy?

But it’s not easy to do.

How bringing the power of design-led innovation to the family violence sector 'could save lives'

Yvette Berry visits ThinkPlace

It is a shocking statistic.

Across Australia, more than half of women who have experienced violence at the hands of their former partner did so while they were pregnant, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

So it’s fitting that this very important area is the first to be focused upon by a new hub that will bring together the services, supports and clients who make up this complex space and seek to create game-changing innovations.

What if communicating with your local council was... fun?

People enjoy the symposium


How connected are you with your local council? And how much time would you be prepared to put aside from your next weekend to help them prepare their 10-year strategic plan?

For most of us the answers are probably “not much” and… “even less than not much.”

And that’s a massive design challenge.

It’s a challenge that Willoughby Council, in Sydney’s Northern suburbs, was recently grappling with as they prepared to draft a new Community Strategic Plan that would oversee their activities for the coming decade.

Can you make an impact on HIV testing in West Africa in just three weeks?

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