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

PULENG MAKHOALIBE

ON EMPATHY

“Empathy is the most powerful force that makes us human and one. Designing from a place of empathy elevates the human experience.” 

JEANNE LIEDTKA

ON EMPATHY

“Empathy changes the experience of the designer in ways even more profound than it does those we design for.”

ESTHER THOLE

ON EMPATHY

“No empathy without life, but is there life without empathy?”

CRISTINA ANDERSSON

ON EMPATHY

“When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you”
Susan Sarandon

ARNE VAN OOSTEROM

ON EMPATHY

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

KALWANT BHOPAL

ON EMPATHY

“Empathy is about awareness and understanding; it’s about being aware of the feelings and emotions of others.”

STEFAN VAN DER STIGCHEL

ON EMPATHY

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

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

COMMUNITY

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

Facebook community

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.

ADAM STJOHN LAWRENCE

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

CONFERENCE ’18

AFTER MOVIE

Here you can find the after movie of our Design Thinking Conference 2018. Take a look and experience a little bit of the energy and atmosphere of those magnificent 2 days.

A VISION ON EMPATHY 2018

Visit our Youtube channel and be inspired by visions on empathy from the Design Thinking Conference 2018.

Youtube

LAUREN CURRIE

ACTOR FROM PREVIOUS EDITION

“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.”

LILIAN STOLK

ACTOR FROM PREVIOUS EDITION

“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

ANNA WILSON

ACTOR FROM PREVIOUS EDITION

“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.”

ROBBIN PHILLIPS

ACTOR FROM PREVIOUS EDITION

“Empathy fuels connection.”

JOHN BIELENBERG

ACTOR FROM PREVIOUS EDITION

“Design without empathy is not design”

REGISTER

THE DESIGN THINKING CONFERENCE IS NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

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. 

Register

REGISTER

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR TEAMS

For teams signing up we offer special discounts.

Register

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