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I caught up Mansi Gupta, founder of Unconform. Mansi is a designer, researcher and is working to increase the dialogue regarding the intersection of women and design. She’s been exploring the short comings of Human Centered Design, and we chat openly about where and how she sees the problems.

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I caught up Scott Jenson recently - Scott refers to himself as a battle scarred veteran of the software industry.

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I recently caught up for coffee with John Collins, also based in Dublin, and the former Director of Content for Intercom.

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In this episode I chat with Marzia Aricò, Design Director at Livework in London, and based in the stunning city of Rotterdam. We chat about service measurement - and some of the new work that Marzia and her colleagues at Livework have been working on to help move the dial forward for organisations in this space.

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The episode you are about to hear is with Felisha Araniti, from SCAD University in Savannah. Felisha connected with me several years ago when we ran the first Doing Design Festival and recently published a visualisation that caught my attention. Titled ‘Neurodiversity’ within Human Centered Design Practice.

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In this episode I chat with one of the leaders in the Content Design space, Rachel McConnell.

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The music you hear throughout this episode, is from Mark’s first album, released in 2002 and has accompanied me on my journey as a designer and an ex-patriot whilst living in Australia. It wasn’t until recently though that we really got to sit face to face, in front of turf stove, and drink countless coffees and sing and play guitar together in Mark’s gorgeous cottage in the wilds of a rainy Autumn day deep within a forest on the outskirts of Dublin.

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Pat and Nuala Geoghegan are farmers from Askeaton, County Limerick. Soon after the Aughinish Alumina aluminum mining factory established itself nearby, their cattle began to get sick and die. And the Geoghegan family got sick. Their beautiful farm became “the killing fields”..

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In this episode I speak with Dr Helena Darwin, a UX Researcher based in New York City. Helana has a doctorate in Sociology and is the author of the book ‘Redoing Gender: How Nonbinary Gender Contributes toward Social Change’.

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In this episode I speak with Lydia Hooper, a humanity centred designer based in Colorado, US. We chat about non-violent communications, Lydia’s own design principles and values that she uses to guide her career, and how she managed to form these at such an early stage of her career. We touch on Lydia’s work at the fantastic Design Justice Network also.

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In this episode I speak with Peter Lofgren, Head of Design for Service NSW in Australia.

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In this episode I speak with Ricardo Martins, Professor of Service Design at SCAD, of Savannah College of Art and Design in the US. In this conversation we speak about the parts of design that are often trivialised somewhat, and that’s the implementation of our designs into sometimes seriously complex systems made up of people and processes. We also speak about how we can educate the future Design talent better, and chat about where Ricardo feels Design Leaders are lacking.

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Thea Kleinmagd is a Circular Material Chains Innovator at Fairphone.

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In this episode I speak with Marc Fonteijn of the Service Design Show.

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June is at the forefront of thought-leadership when it comes to community building and we speak about all matters of what community and networks mean - how they differ and also how to go about foster communities for change-makers.

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Dr. Josh Lepawsky is fascinated by connections between geography, technological systems, and their discards.

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Gauthier Roussilhe has specialized in the environmental footprint of the digital sector for 5 years, and is certainly among the most knowledable people I have been lucky to chat with about these issues.

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In this episode I speak with Michael Galinsky, a movie director, documentary maker and musician based in North Carolina in the states.

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In this episode I speak with Emely Buyck, former Head of Service Design for Proximus in Belgium.

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In this episode I speak with Michelle Walter, Head of Design Ops at ANZ bank in Australia.

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Andy Farnell is a British computer scientist and author specialising in signals, systems and cybersecurity.

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In this episode, I talk to Natalia Alessi, a design lead at the University of Melbourne. Natalia reached out to us to help with some user research after this years Doing Design Festival.

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In this episode we chat about design agitation and enabling change within organisations. Laura recently shared a fantastic thread on twitter about many of the common designer statements that we probably all have heard a thousand times “no one is listening to me”.

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Today on the show we have Emma Blomkamp - a facilitator researcher and strategic designer based in Melbourne and leader within the co-design space. In this episode we speak about Emma’s past and how they go into Co-Design and Design generally.

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Hannah is a freelance WordPress developer from Bristol with a background in Computer Science.

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Today on the show we have Sasja Nieukerk-Chomos - President of Dynamic Achievement based in Canada. I recently stumbled on Sasja profile on LinkedIn after reading a remarkable post about her father, Nick. In this episode we hear more about Nick’s story and the impact it had on Sasja’s life.

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Hello and welcome to Bringing Design Closer, the podcast focussed on discussing Designs role in tackling complex societal issues. Our goal is to have conversations that inspire and to help move the dial forward for organisations to become more human-centred in their approach to solving complex business and societal problems.

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In this episode, I speak with Lola Oyelayo-Pearson from Shopify, and Lolo is a director of UX in the money space. We chat about what that actually means. We speak about the mission at Shopify to remain truly independent whilst supporting enterprise worship globally by making it easier to sell online and creating a support network for those merchants.

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KA McKercher Episodes
February 15, 2022
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Today I’m joined by Leidy Klotz, an engineer, behavioural scientist and author of the book Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less. We talk about subtraction as a critical capability for designers and design leaders, why we overlook subtractive change and about the importance of working in the open.

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In this episode I speak with one of my colleagues at This is Doing, Markus Edgar Hormess. Markus’s name is one that many within the service design world will no doubt be familiar with, but nevertheless let me tell you a little bit about my guest today.

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Is technology a good thing? That was my first question I asked Dr Sharon Richardson, who is a senior scientist and lecturer in geocomputation at the University of Zurich.

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Today on the show we have Renee Abrecht Mallinger - a Lead Design Researcher at one of my favourite design studios Global Good Studio of Chicago. We chat about the intersectionality of Renees’ previous career as a middle school and high school teacher and now as Design Researcher, primarily focussed on governmental and societal work. What pieces has Renee felt set them up for success whilst working in complexity on a day to day basis.

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You are in for a treat today folks - I caught up with the one and only, Joe Macleod - an all round great thinker and leader in the space of designing end experiences. Based in Stockholm now, Joe’s just released his second book titled ‘Endineering’ which focusses on the HOW to design these incredibly important experiences for both businesses and the planet.

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KA McKercher Episodes
December 17, 2021
33
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In this podcast we hear from Luke Craven and Elise Motalli about what it means to be a systems-conscious designer, where we can turn to for more expansive language about the worlds we want.

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Some people live their ideas. Katie Singer is one of them.

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Global Voices
December 1, 2021
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It’s beginning to feel and look a lot like Christmas, and possibly sound like it - as you’ll probably hear I’ve got a cold - like most of Europe we are all working our way through this whole pandemic - but we are all looking forward to Christmas in my household.

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KA McKercher Episodes
November 26, 2021
54
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I’m your host Kelly Ann McKercher, author of Beyond Sticky Notes: Doing Co-design for Real.

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In this episode I speak with Moodi Mahmoudi of Next, a business centred around helping organisations create frameworks for design and innovation within their businesses - we speak about the automation of the role of Designer and what this looks like - and I challenge Moodi about the risks associated with this. Is this something we strive for?

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Global Voices
November 7, 2021
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Hey folks and welcome to another episode of Global Voices the podcast dedicated to the wonderful chapters of This is HCD around the world.

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KA McKercher Episodes
November 5, 2021
44
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On today's podcast I’m joined by the exceptional Sloan Leo.

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