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Unleashing Swarm Creativity to Solve Enterprise Challenges with Surya Vanka

May 27, 2021
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Surya Vanka, a speaker at the Design at Scale conference, discusses the power of design swarms in solving major social problems. He shares his experiences working on gender discrimination and the opioid crisis. The podcast explores how the swarm method is applied in teaching, addresses challenges in enterprises, and emphasizes the importance of leadership and creating a safe space for creativity.
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Quick takeaways

  • Design swarms involve diverse collaboration to address complex problems and combine design thinking with swarm creativity.
  • Leaders in organizations need to transition into facilitators to create a safe and trusting environment for creative swarms to emerge.

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Unleashing Swarm Creativity to Solve Enterprise Challenges

The podcast episode discusses the concept of design swarms and how they can be used to address complex problems. The guest, Sui Yavanka, explains that design swarms involve bringing together diverse individuals, including designers, engineers, marketers, and customer representatives, to collaborate on problem-solving. The process combines design thinking with swarm creativity, allowing for a more agile and collaborative approach. Yavanka emphasizes the importance of creating a safe space with trust, using shared visual surfaces for collaboration, and fostering a playful mindset. The episode includes examples of how design swarms have been successfully applied in both low-resource communities and large organizations. It also highlights the role of leaders in facilitating these swarms and embracing a growth mindset. The episode concludes by recommending the book 'Design for the Real World' by Victor Papanek as a provocative and timely read for designers.

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