My research explores the way that design thinking can be used to overcome barriers to creativity, to develop meaningful learning experiences, to nurture innovation and leadership, and to help communities and organizations create change – by design.

What does research and scholarship on creativity in organizations, teams and classes mean to me? My main program of scholarship at Mount Royal University focuses on the following:

“Design can help to improve our lives in the present. Design thinking can help us chart a path into the future”. – Tim Brown, CEO IDEO

1. The impact of design thinking practices on undergraduate student learning and on the development of 21st century thinking skills among student learners.

2. The role of design thinking in the development of change making, social innovation and entrepreneurship practices.

3. The use of design thinking in leadership and organizational change.

What does this look like? I use qualitative and quantitative research methodologies (including surveys, design ethnography and participatory action research) to investigate how students, teachers, leaders, scientists, coaches, doctors and change-makers are designing their thinking. I share what I learn here, and in research publications and through Open Educational Resources focused on bringing what I’ve learned from designers and creative teams within organizations into the post secondary classroom space.