Designing Change Through Cross-Cultural Collaboration Past Event

Presented by Tash Miles and Manami Ray

Design transcends many borders: social, geographical, cultural. Design teams are increasingly diverse and multidimensional, yielding more interesting, robust and meaningful design. How does this work in practice and education? How can designers work effectively and build trust in multi-level diversity: cross-cultural, geographically-dispersed, different disciplines? The panel shares experiences of collaborative design experiences and explores opportunities, benefits for design and the designer, as well as the risks and realities of conflict and communication challenges. We will hear of strategies for designers that can be translated across multiple contexts and how trust is central to cross-cultural design collaboration. 


Tash Miles

Tash Miles is a Strategic Communications Designer at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. With a background in graphic design, design strategy and innovation, and working in the health sector, she wants to help enable collaboration and communication across communities.

Manami Ray

Manami Ray is a Consultant at Capital Human currently completing her Master of Design Strategy and Innovation. She has worked in diverse projects with ygap working with refugees and in projects with people with chronic illnesses. She has expertise in giving engaging presentations, facilitation of workshops and research projects in conjunction with over twenty years in financial services.

Christine Thong

Professor Christine Thong leads the academic direction for Design Factory Melbourne at Swinburne University and is involved in a range of teaching, research and strategic initiatives. She is passionate about coaching the next generation of globally responsible design innovators. Christine heads DFM global programs with Stanford University (ME310 SUGAR) and CERN (Challenge Based Innovation), bringing 10+ years of experience working with various companies & industry sectors on student collaboration projects.

Sushi Suzuki

Associate Professor Sushi Suzuki works at the Kyoto Institute of Technology and KYOTO Design Lab where he teaches and coordinates projects around innovation, design thinking, and entrepreneurship. Professor, Researcher, Coach, and Practitioner of Design Thinking, Product Development, and Innovation. Sushi works with students, large companies, and startups to discover new opportunities in the the world to create value in the for of products or services. He helps to bridge the gap between different countries, cultures, disciplines, industries, and generations.

Falk Uebernickel

Professor Dr Falk Uebernickel is a professor at the Hasso Plattner Institute for Design Thinking and Innovation Research in Germany, and is adjunct professor at the University of St.Gallen (HSG). As head of the Competence Center for Industrial Services and Enterprise Systems, he is pursues research on the internet of things. Falk trains students and practitioners worldwide in using design thinking as a mind- and toolset to solve wicked problems in a human- and user-centered way. Falk is also founder and spokesman of the SUGAR network – a global movement and initiative of over 20 universities and more than 100 companies applying design thinking to real world problems.

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Mon 29 Mar 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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