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How a Non-profit is Using Human-Centered Design to Transform the Child Welfare System. 

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The best-designed answers start with stories.

Overcoming obstacles, reframing perspectives, and putting yourself into the shoes of others are themes at the heart of the stories that inspire us most.

Stories put spreadsheets into perspective and help us go beyond the whiteboards, post-its and Powerpoint slides of our work lives to answers that exist outside our comfort zone. They take us out of ourselves and help us feel the world from a new point of view.

We get up in the morning to help you recognize your part in the narrative of your work—and see if we can play some small part in helping create and share it with those in and outside your group.

We know stories are essential. Reach out and let's tell one together.

 
 

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reframe, the podcast.

Because we believe storytelling keeps up your A game, we’re practicing this with our own new podcast, Reframe. In it we’ll explore stories and ideas that change the way we see and interact with the world.

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This month: Reinvention in 2019

The entire Stoked team weighs in on the whole notion of a "new year" and what that can mean for our team as we reflect and for us as individuals.

 

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We went into 2018 feeling invincible. It turned out to be one of the hardest years Stoked has ever endured. Here is what that looked like.

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Team Time: Yeah, We Got Woo Woo AF

“My take away though, is that this team, like all the relationships in my life, requires work and intention. I don’t believe you can just put a bunch of smart and talented people in a room and they will automatically communicate well and do great work. “

 

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The Story Behind Stoked, a chance meeting and a late night in Brazil well spent.

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Starting on Starting

We asked our good friend Bernadette Doykos to write about starting something new and she masterfully got very meta and wrote about the difficulties of starting...to write about starting.

Here at Stoked, we love reading articles that involve innovation and practices we hold dear. Recently we were passing around a Harvard Business Review article called "How to Hand Off an Innovation Project from one Team to Another". We love the article but thought....what would it be like to take these principles and tell a human-centered story that highlights an outcome?

 
 

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No One Will Help You.

Kidd Redd tells the tale of starting out in radio and learning a better story about yourself.

 

Check out some previous month's issues below...

 

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It's Not You, It's Us.

Barbara Patchen writes about the 3 causes of relationship ruts that squander growth and personal freedom.

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Clean Up Your Meeting Hygiene

This month, Parker Gates writes about how culture both shows up and is spread (like wildfire) in meetings. He goes into the mind of a new hire to show us what it looks like to be intentional about our behavior in meetings and how we can have a positive impact on our culture just by being fully present.

 

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Reflecting with Your Team

Here is something to try: reflect as a group with your team the moment a work day with clients or a design cycle is finished. This helps in a lot of amazing ways and here is how we do it.

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Living Above the Trees

So, the question I often wrestle with and have from time to time for the majority of my life is… with such a limited amount of time on Earth, why spend any time at all doing something as trivial as going to work?

 

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Culture Eats Strategy, Every Time

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Our Work Heroes

A collection of the unlikely people we, as a team, look up to the most.

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86,000 Hours at Work

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Keeping Innovation Alive in a Crap Culture

Practicing Human-Centered Design in a culture that's not quite ready for it can be tough. Here are some pointers and thoughts on keeping the fire alive while hopefully creating some real culture shifts, wherever it is you work.

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Well Worn Shoes - an article by Anna Love-Mickelson

Here are some other stories that are currently inspiring us.

Not all are our clients. Some are people who believe, as we do, that the principles of human-centered design can change the world, one answer at a time, if we only take the time to reframe how we think and understand others.

Have one? Want to write a new one? Let’s do it.

 

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Scott Witthoft - The Mechanics of Humanity

Scott Witthoft is a design educator at the d. school at Stanford, a product designer and writer. He is the co-author of the book Make Space, which is incredible.

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Yusuke Miyashita -Public Speech Fail

Yusuke ("Use-K") Miyashita | Design Manager, SPARK Innovation Group at GoPro, talks about some big fails and what they taught him.

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Work Sucks - a short story by Barbara Patchen

 

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How to Test a Move Abroad

Parker Gates & Anna Love-Mickelson travel to Hong Kong to talk life, work and the pursuit of happiness. You know, the good stuff.                                                                                                                      

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Chasing Stillness - Fly Fishing in New Mexico

This is Emily Roley. For the last couple of years, life for Emily has sounded like a river, cutting through the high desert, with the sound of her fly line slicing the air.

 
 

Greg Celentano moved his family out west to chase a new kind of California gold rush. This is a story of doing what you love, against high stakes.

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