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Video: Facilitating Structures with Stephen Anderson

Stephen Anderson gave a talk to a packed house at Improving in Plano, TX on Jan. 23, 2020.  The talk Facilitating Structures: Toward a New Way of Working and Learning Together, sponsored by Big Design, Improving, and Dallas UXPA

Watch the video below or on the Dallas UXPA YouTube Channel.

Changing times require new ways of working. As designers and design leaders (and we’re all leaders!), our role increasingly resembles that of an educator. Whether it’s working through and with cross-disciplinary teams, or creating safe spaces and structures in which everyone is encouraged to contribute, it’s time to reboot how we think about shaping organizations.

Stephen’s talk explored “Facilitating Structures,” a different lens for all we do. Speaker Stephen P. Anderson shared the learning journey he’s been on and the principles he’s identified to create work environments that bring out our best selves.

Sketchnote by Madison Larmeu, student officer of UX UTD

Stephen P. Anderson is a design leader focused on workforce learning and organizational development. And he’s on a mission: To make learning the hard stuff fun, by creating ‘things to think with’ and ‘spaces’ for generative play. Through custom toolkits, on-site training, and The Mighty Minds Club, Stephen helps product teams work through their most difficult situations. As a keynote speaker, Stephen continues to challenge and inspire audiences as he exposes the quirky connections between games, play, learning, interactive visualizations, and other exciting topics.

Stephen is most recognized as the man behind the Mental Notes card deck—a tool that’s widely used by product teams to apply psychology to interaction design. He also authored Seductive Interaction Design, which answers the question: “How do we get people to fall in love with our applications?” Stephen’s next book, Figure It Out: Getting From Information to Understanding will be out Spring 2020.

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