Some people don’t think of the public school system as a hotbed for innovation, but there are many creative and groundbreaking initiatives behind the scenes all over the country. In New York City, it’s the iZone, a program started by the NYC Department of Education (DOE). The

Tackling tough problems at work is something everyone can relate to. They can be as simple as having friction with a coworker, or as complex as trying to come up with the Big Idea that’s going to take your company to the next level. No

  As joyous as year end can be, I'm sure we're all feeling the strain of finishing up projects, closing out budgets, and trying to build a strong foundation to kick-off 2016 with. But in the midst of 'wrapping' everything up (pun 100% intended) and transitioning into

When it comes to facilitation, it’s not enough to simply have a meeting agenda. Leading a successful discussion often comes down to managing different types of people—and the more difficult the personalities in the room, the harder it is. Successful facilitators adapt their style to

Thinking creatively from advertising to education design to yoga. We were thinking the other day that we do a lot of talking on this newsletter, but the thing that excites us most about The Design Gym isn't what we're teaching - it's what all you bad

Earlier this month we made the annual trek to rural Maine for one of our favorite conferences, Poptech, where we heard a bunch of great speakers talk on the topic of Hybridity. One of the talks that caught our attention was from Alexa Clay, author of The

Between our public workshops, community of creative professionals, and corporate clients, we have had a unique chance to peak inside some of the most innovative and creative organizations in the world. The tensions that show up time and time again—experimentation vs. execution, heads down vs. collaborative,

“I can’t draw.” We hear it over and over again when we discuss visual thinking. And our answer is always, “Yes you can. And you should.” When we were kids, we never said we couldn't draw. We didn’t even think about it—we simply picked up a marker or crayon

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