Category: Design methods

Organising a ‘not like us’ educational study tour

Organising a ‘not like us’ educational study tour

14/05/2013 | By

Stakeholder Design’s ‘not like us’ study tours have been described by many school leaders as life-changing. Five years after the first trip was organised, two of the participating headteachers ran up to me in a hotel and told me that they still think about the tour every day. They can be seen in the video […]

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Co-production, co-design and co-creation: what is the difference?

Co-production, co-design and co-creation: what is the difference?

01/11/2012 | By

Following on from a recent meeting of the Co-Production Network in Manchester, I thought I would jot down a few comments about the concept of co-production – where it came from, how it works, and how it differs from other forms of innovation such as co-design or experience-led design (UX design). Co-production is the latest […]

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Building a new children’s hospital – from world class to world first

Building a new children’s hospital – from world class to world first

20/06/2012 | By

Stakeholder Design is proud to announce that the partners it was supporting in the £237 million bid to rebuild Alder Hey Children’s Hospital have been formally chosen for the work. Stakeholder Design created and facilitated stakeholder engagement sessions with children and parents, stretching and enhancing their aspirations for future healthcare and championing their views within the […]

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The best designers in Ireland

The best designers in Ireland

20/06/2012 | By

Inside a run-down convent in Cork, a community of nuns, Travellers, recent immigrants, ex-offenders, recovering addicts, old and young came together to visualise and prototype a whole raft of future social services. This is what the Irish Examiner made of their story. Nuns have put their faith in a business process used by Nike and […]

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Effective communication – rebranding a charity

Effective communication – rebranding a charity

20/06/2012 | By

Effective communication is the key to securing public sympathy and influence. Here, I’ve retold the story of how Marketing Magazine gave us a national award for best implementation of a new brand identity. It’s 7.30am and I’m standing in the conference room at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. In an hour’s time, 200 delegates from […]

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Village signs and rural isolation

Village signs and rural isolation

02/06/2012 | By

Why do village signs look the way they do? Too often, we allow them to brand villages as old-time, backwards-looking and conservative. Children are the losers. Although the village in which I used to live is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, it doesn’t have a village sign worthy of attention – just the […]

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Improving school performance by design

Improving school performance by design

24/05/2012 | By

Are you one of those headteachers who has been left wondering how to keep driving up standards when you can barely get the students down the corridors between lessons? Well, help is at hand (nearly). Later this term, Stakeholder Design will be publishing a new booklet on school design called “It’s Not About the Building.” […]

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The Intelligent Fountain

The Intelligent Fountain

07/05/2012 | By

How do we prepare children for the rapidly changing society that we call the 21st century? And how do we ensure that our teachers have been fully exposed to the challenge before they commission the buildings in which that learning will happen? According to an independent review, Stakeholder Design’s award-winning solution delivered both in abundance: […]

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The 360 degree flexible classroom

The 360 degree flexible classroom

07/05/2012 | By

One of the highlights of my time at the Design Council was producing the 360 degree flexible classroom as the centrepiece of the Schools Renaissance campaign. This is what the Observer made of it. “Inside a dingy-looking prefab hut near the Toxteth area of Liverpool, an experiment is determining the shape of things to come; […]

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Listening to young people – the story of Youthbank

Listening to young people – the story of Youthbank

08/04/2012 | By | Add a Comment

Community foundations were early funders of a great concept called Youthbank. I secured its first national coverage, in the Guardian. Shortly after, Abbey National got in touch to offer us £250,000. Across the country, sets of young people have spent the past 18 months becoming philanthropists. Entrusted with five-figure bugets, and in one case a […]

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