As Season 2 of the Catching The Next Wave podcast comes to an end, we attempted to untangle what empowerment means based on the fascinating stories our guests shared with us over the last few months. So, what is empowerment? It is the strength of self-permission? It seems like the right place to start.
As almost nothing significant can be achieved individually anymore today collaboration is the front and center of challenges the modern companies face. Petter Abrahamsen, the former commander of the Norwegian Navy, talks about motivations and the methods of building teams in the military world. He also shares his thoughts of the ingredients necessary to make empowerment become a reality rather than only round words.
The traditional leadership style is getting old for the new times we live in. So, what can the leaders of today do to stay relevant and keep up with the new generations of people who don't want to be ruled by command and control bosses? Why would the leaders even want to change their style? Style that made them so successful for so many years? Ask Agger, the partner and the Change Agency Workz and the author of " The 3rd Generation of Storytelling" tells about the power of playfulness and games to teach leaders whya nd how to switch from the old ways to the new.
Change in many organizations is the new constant. There problem is though - people are not happy about it. April Mills, the author of "Everyone is a change agent" and a perpetual change agent herself, explains ways in which a lasting change can be constructed. She draws from her experience as an engineer at the nuclear navy shipyard and from Intel, where she is bringing change about today.
Finding a successful way to run a team, especially in the world of agile, is like fining a golden egg. Mel Lang, an amazing agile coach herself, shares secrets of what being a good agile coach is all about. She talks about her path from an interactive agency to becoming a cook and explains how this adventure changed her perspective on running good teams. And for those interested, she also shares her tricks to change bad habits for good ones.
Everybody is creative, right? Why don't we see it more often then? Scott Perry, a musician and an author of "Endeavor" and "The Stoic Creative" talks about the internal battles we all go through to release our creativity. He shares ways to overcome your resistance to become a person you always wanted to be.
Education needs to change to enable the next generations to become ready to take up the challenges they are going to face in their adult lives. Adam Lindstrom, the educator from New Jersey shares his approach to changing the education and empowering it through technology to make his school ready for the future.
Church has spent two millennia finding ways to motivate, engage and empower people. Scott Gould, the author of "The Shape of Engagement", shares with us his definitions of what engagement means and tells an absolutely fascinating story of how church designs his ways to build an ultimate engagement.
There are ways to empower that are not as obvious. That are based on becoming part of a group that gives you the space and the legitimacy to try things out. Things you might never dare to try outside of this secret world. John Law, the co-founder of the Burning Man festival, talks about his life as a member of secret societies, about generosity, morality and permission to be yourself. As much yourself as you can bare.
Season 1 of the Catching The Next Wave podcast turned out to be about transformation. But, in order, to go through any transformation you need to feel empowered to do so. The hosts Aga and Werner share their initial thoughts of what empowerment is while getting ready to shoot the second season which aims to help them dig deeper into the notion of empowerment.
In the world of transformational design, we create the narratives which define how we live our lives. The role of design is to enable the positive change to happen. To facilitate and to coach it. But ultimately the work needs to be done by the users. By each of us. The role of business and design is to responsibly accommodate us once we are ready to take the first steps. To leap. To become an artist.
Transformation is like an onion - it has many layers. It's essential that any work centring on Transformational Design is rooted within our humanity. Kelli Wood, provost of the Seth Godin's AltMBA and artist behind LittleBigWords, talks about being an artist, finding meaning and living up to your true potential.
Experience can be a lifestyle. It has the potential to build a valuable futureproof business. Andy Sontag, the Experience Design program manager at Kaos Pilots in Denmark, talks about meaning, change by design and the inspiration from the arts.
Have you ever thought what responsibility means with respect to experience design? How technology might be appropriated for good or for evil? Marc Hassenzahl, experience design professor at Siegen University in Germany, talks about the need for 'troubles and secrets', provocation and the effortful design.
Mystery adventures can help us see our superpowers. Victor Milton van Doorn, the well-known Dutch escape room designer and a co-founder at The Number 1 Escape Room in Amsterdam - Sherlocked, talks about 'awesomeness', the need for magic and finding your better self through play.
What are events? What are they for? How much time do you invest in designing them comparing to the time they last? Does it make sense to spend 1% of that time to strategise what change you hope to inspire Ruud Janssen, the co-author of the “Event Design Handbook", talks about behaviour change, the event design process and living in the moment.
We are all inspired and driven by stories. We all think in narratives, no matter where we come from. It shapes our world, our thinking, our actions. Yes, our lives are ultimately fashioned by the tales we weave. Jericca Cleland, an award-winning writer and director, talks about story substructure, how she designed her own life and the need for authenticity.
You can’t execute what you don’t measure. Jorgen Bang Jenssen, the former CEO of the Polish telecom Play, talks about the need for consistency, the value of transformation and the need for customer-centricity in today's world.
The Experience Economy is finally here! Joe Pine, co-author of 'The Experience Economy', shares his thoughts on designing for 'time well saved' and 'time well spent'. He also leads us towards the ultimate actualisation of the experience economy: the need for transformative experiences.
We find ourselves in a world bogged down in technology. It needs to change, we believe this change is inevitable. In fact, It is already happening under our noses and Design will be in the thick of it.
We kick off with our podcast wondering: what is next for Design? Is the Experience Economy already here? Or did the world take another turn? What is the meaning of positive psychology, searching for happiness and addressing deep human needs? Will this become a discussion point in the boardroom? Will it ever?
We have a short sneak-peak episode of Catching the Next Wave Podcast where my co-host Aga and I explore the future of design. We asked our talented friend Jerrica Cleland how we could apply her Narrative structure to the design of the first Season of our show.