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In order to be creative, we need to get vulnerable

Opinion

In order to be creative, we need to get vulnerable

PHD business director ​Amber Conroy asks, how do we continue to evolve our creativity and ideas at the same rate as the industry we work in? The answer, as vulnerability and shame researcher and TEDX speaker Brené Brown says, is vulnerability – the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.

Channel blackout

Lush UK recently released a bold and cryptic message that slammed social media channels, their algorithms and their pay-for-play strategy, and said it would be going dark on their social media channels and talking with their community in other ways. Head of content marketing at The Warehouse Group Cassie Roma explains why she's all for Lush taking a risk, quitting social media and putting their money where their heart is, given the ethical problems the social media giants have been facing as of lately.

Opinion

Bizdojo and CoLo co-founder Lachlan Sloan says the community of people that believe in the power of co-working is diverse, passionate and growing, but as the sector grows in size, the true benefits of it are getting lost as organisations that care less about the community get on board. Here, he shares his frustrations with the current state of the co-working industry and offers some solutions.

Bold ideas

The statistics don’t lie: the bulk of the those that are designing living and urban spaces in New Zealand cities are men – but the times are changing. Globally, there is a conversation taking place on what cities would look like if equal weighting was given to all of its citizens in the design process. Co-founder of Women in Urbanism, a New Zealand organisation formed to push for more feminist cities, Emma McInnes makes a case for how New Zealand’s cities can be made to be more inclusive through urban design.

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The foundation for good design work starts with designers being able to trust each other for an honest critique of their work, while still feeling secure and comfortable in their role to share their ideas. Outgoing director of product design at Vend Jade Tan Swea Phin shares the weekly habits of her team, as well as her top three tips for cultivating this level of trust.

Opinion

When the Dalai Lama said, “The world will be saved by the western woman,” he was acknowledging the growing power western women have to influence global change. But Board Dynamics CEO Henri Eliot says changing the world doesn't require women to become more like men. Rather, it demands that women own and exercise what have long been regarded as their leadership liabilities – sensitivity, perceptiveness, connectedness and compassion – because those feminine leadership attributes, when combined with the strengths of men, measurably improve the outcomes of the decisions being made.