Regard Vermeulen | Graphic/Web designer
Franklin Roosevelt surrounded himself only with people he trusted to advise him. He trusted them so much that they were responsible for shaping many of America’s policies at that time. This group of problem solvers were termed Roosevelt’s “Brainstrust”.
While a Collider #Brainstrust cohort doesn't tackle world issues, they are responsible for helping each other solve the problems that are stopping them from progressing. The cohort uses community focussed design thinking, and - a lot of trust.
Each session is facilitated by Chris Jackson, who has 13 years experience exploring design studio practice, design thinking and innovation. Although not a literal design thinking process, he views #Brainstrust as a facilitated problem solving session using design thinking tools, drawing on his varied experience, which amplifies the collective ability of the group.
Each week a member of the cohort presents a problem they’ve been facing and the rest of the cohort discuss, map, brainstorm and employ design thinking techniques to deliver a whole new way of tackling the issue. Chris has found that some of the most challenging problems have also been quite personal. Consequently, trust has become a critical factor in the creation of the each group.
- Peter Kerr | Message Maker, Punchline
- Joanna Matthew | Executive Director of LIANZA
A #Brainstrust cohort is open to anybody curious about this out of the box way of problem solving, and you don't need to have a problem to grow from this experience. A new cohort will be starting on Friday the 22nd of April, and will run for the next five weeks. If you're interested in taking part, please register your interest here.