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For the students at Victoria University of Wellington business school it was a crash course in the skills they will need to thrive, innovate and prosper in their future careers.
ThinkPlace New Zealand Partner Jim Scully and Designer Cassandra Ong were on hand to deliver a masterclass about how the global design network’s unique methods can be used to map complex systems, enable innovation and open up new possibilities for entrepreneurship.
The class was the first practical lesson in an entrepreneurship course the students have been taking over the past few weeks.
As part of their assessment, the students are tasked with designing an eco-system map to understand and visualise entrepreneurship in the New Zealand capital. Those finished products will be judged as part of a design contest later in the course.
Understanding complex systems and designing policy, projects and programs that sit within that context is a key part of the ThinkPlace method. The pair drew on work, including a sucessful project that mapped and visualised the Australian innovation system.
“We provided them with some inspiration about how to go about mapping a complex system and its value for our clients,” Ong says.