THE DESIGN THINKING CONFERENCE

FOR WHOM?

For Design Thinking professionals who practice what they preach in their own organizations or with other organizations.

WHY?

Because It is time to take the next step and truly deep dive into Design Thinking. 

WHAT?

Deep diving Design Thinking means critically looking at it, constructively discussing it and surprising ourselves with fresh perspectives.
It means to reframe and be sure about the problem we are solving.
It means to feel and discuss how truly empathic we can be.
It means to experiment and to test out new perspectives.
It means to envision and discover how far we can bring Design Thinking.

HOW?

Instead of definitions, tools and showcases, we will focus on inspirations to question oneself, debates to get further, perspectives outside our comfort zones, all in togetherness and positivism, and with a bit of lightness.

ABOUT

The Design Thinking Conference is an interactive and high-energy gathering of experienced design thinking practitioners from around the world. We offer a platform to share knowledge and further your understanding of what is driving the changes we all experience in today’s world.

The Design Thinking Conference is not a traditional conference, but highly inspired by theatre. We have developed an experimental and exciting new format to challenge both the speakers (our actors) and the audience (supporting actors).

With this conference we aim to shake you up and enrich you with new insights, not just leave you comfortable and confirmed in your beliefs. No preaching to the converted, but experimenting, experiencing, having fun and being surprised.

About

CALENDAR

The Design Thinking Conference offers many opportunities to get your hands dirty. All the speakers (main actors) will be running experiments and during the two days we’ll offer several breakout sessions.

We’ll post the details of all sessions on this website soon.

Calendar

ACTORS

Here some of our amazing actors that you will meet during the conference. The full actors’ list will be soon available. Stay tuned!

John Bielenberg

Arne van Oosterom

Adam StJohn Lawrence

Lauren Currie

Lilian Stolk

Stefan van der Stigchel

Anne Stenros

Fleur Ravensbergen

Anna Wilson

Robbin Phillips

JOHN BIELENBERG

ON EMPATHY

“Design without empathy is not design.”

COMMUNITY

As we are developing the conference we would like to keep you posted – join our Facebook community.

Facebook community

ADAM STJOHN LAWRENCE

ON EMPATHY

“Empathy is often uncomfortable, but it’s worth it.”

STEFAN VAN DER STIGCHEL

ON EMPATHY

“Being visually aware can help us to look at the world around us with a completely different perspective.”

ARNE VAN OOSTEROM

ON EMPATHY

“In a world always searching for balance we need empathy for others and ourselves to find it.”

LAUREN CURRIE

ON EMPATHY

“Empathy is the most difficult form of thought and emotion, yet the most progressive – it is the founder of communities and the leader in cultural compassion.”

ANNA WILSON

ON EMPATHY

“Having empathy with one person is easy. With a hundred thousand people, or a million people, all at the same time — that’s hard work.”

ARNE VAN OOSTEROM

A VISION ON EMPATHY

Our own Arne van Oosterom, founder of the Design Thinking Conference, speaks about Empathy, making Connections and building Bridges in view of Design Thinking.

FLEUR RAVENSBERGEN

Fleur Ravensbergen is the co-founder of the Dialogue Advisory Group. She negotiates in armed conflicts in the most hostile environments. Listen to her explain what empathy means to her.

ROBERT BLOOM

A VISION ON EMPATHY

In this video series we present you visions on empathy from the Design Thinking world.

ADAM STJOHN LAWRENCE

A VISION ON EMPATHY

In this video series we present you visions on empathy from the Design Thinking world.

MARC BOLICK

A VISION ON EMPATHY

In this video series we present you visions on empathy from the Design Thinking world.

ADRIANA DOLNYCKYJ

A VISION ON EMPATHY

In this video series we present you visions on empathy from the Design Thinking world.

EDUARDO LOUREIRO

A VISION ON EMPATHY

In this video series we present you visions on empathy from the Design Thinking world.

JANE OBLIKAS

A VISION ON EMPATHY

In this video series we present you visions on empathy from the Design Thinking world.

EDUARDO RIGOTTO

A VISION ON EMPATHY

In this video series we present you visions on empathy from the Design Thinking world.

PETER QUIRIJNEN

A VISION ON EMPATHY

In this video series we present you visions on empathy from the Design Thinking world.

GORDON ADOMDZA

A VISION ON EMPATHY

In this video series we present you visions on empathy from the Design Thinking world.

PAJOHN BENTSIFI DADSON

A VISION ON EMPATHY

In this video series we present you visions on empathy from the Design Thinking world.

ELS DRAGT

A VISION ON EMPATHY

In this video series we present you visions on empathy from the Design Thinking world.

THE DESIGN THINKING CONFERENCE ’18

The Design Thinking Conference ’Through different Eyes’ on 11-12 October 2018 is now open for registration.


Conference ’18

REGISTER

The Design Thinking Conference is currently sold out, but you can still register and join the waiting list!

Are you ready to look “Through Different Eyes”? To register as a future hero of our inspiring play please subscribe through below link. To keep our conference small and personal we only offer a limited amount of tickets. For “early birds” we offer a special discount. These tickets will be available until July 31st.

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REGISTER

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR TEAMS

For teams signing up we offer special discounts.

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REGISTER

DISCOVER OUR SUMMER PACKAGE DEALS

For people interested in taking the dive a bit further, we offer a special package deal.

#DTCONFERENCEDEAL2

The Design Thinking Fundamentals Course in Amsterdam + The DT Conference at a 25% special discount.

#DTCONFERENCEDEAL3

The Design Thinking Facilitation Course in Amsterdam + The DT Conference at a 25% special discount.

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LOCATION

TOBACCO THEATER AMSTERDAM

This secret location in the heart of Amsterdam has been the stage for many amazing theater dinners, international product presentations and music presentations, congresses, events, and loving theater performances.

Location

LOCATION

VENUE TOUR

Follow Arne van Oosterom on a tour of the Conference’s venue.


Venue Tour

LILIAN STOLK

ON EMPATHY

“It’s very funny the way even the most nice-seeming people turn into trolls and monsters when they go online alone at night. Anonymity unmasks them.”
The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present

FLEUR RAVENSBERGEN

ON EMPATHY

“Empathy at its core is about allowing yourself to recognize the human being in the others, no matter who they are.”

ROBBIN PHILLIPS

ON EMPATHY

“Empathy fuels connection.”

ANNE STENROS

ON EMPATHY

“Empathy is:
Putting people first
Putting others first
Building bridges
Making things together
Creating hope
Giving energy
Understanding intuitively
Feeling with others
Seeing with others
Designing for the greater good.”