Design Thinking workshop with 300 European public servants

Johnny Ryan event, Events, Training

In June 2015 Dr Johnny Ryan of TOOLKIT.ie led a workshop with 300 European public servants and designers at the EU ‘Innovating Public Services in Challenging Times’ Conference. The event was part of a project to reform the public sector with human centered design organised by SPIDER. The workshop introduced civil and public service personnel from across Europe to Design …

Design discussion with IDEO.org, 3fE, and Irish Design 2015

Johnny Ryan Business Strategy

I spoke about design with John Collery (IDEO.org), Colin Harmon (3fE), and Laura Magahy (Irish Design 2015) in Dublin recently. Here are the highlights. As I wrote last year in The Irish Times, a happy customer is an extraordinary thing. So extraordinary that this first moment of happiness with a service can be a prelude to a long-term, perhaps even …

Design sprint with startups at The Irish Times for AIB Startup Academy

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See full story at http://www.irishtimes.com/business/week-two-of-the-aib-start-up-academy-an-introduction-to-design-thinking-1.2088255 from 2 February 2015 Week two of the AIB Start-up Academy: An introduction to ‘design thinking’ Entrepreneurs to learn quick, inexpensive experiments to tweak or change a product This week, the 11 AIB Start-up Academy finalists will gather for the programme’s second module. The Academy lecturers will introduce the start-ups to “design thinking”. The instructors …

What start-ups need is proof, not passion

Johnny Ryan Business Strategy

I wrote this article for The Irish Times. Full story is at http://www.irishtimes.com/business/what-start-ups-need-is-proof-not-passion-1.1949565. After the dotcom bust, entrepreneurs came to realise the untested hunch was no longer adequate. In 1999, the start-up Webvan launched in the US with the intention of becoming the grocery service for online shoppers. It climbed to a multibillion dollar valuation at its IPO in late 1999, …

Applying design thinking with students inside the Wayra startup incubator

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I brought innovation students from UCD into the startup incubator Wayra in 2014, and wrote the following piece on the experience in The Irish Times on 4 July 2014. See full story here . Applying design thinking to start-ups Students from the Innovation Academy at UCD brought design thinking to client start-ups at the Wayra incubator, with interesting results Johnny …