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A Documentary: Lives Not Grades

Five student-led innovations. The worst refugee camp on earth. A team of USC college students travels to Moria Camp in Greece, known as “the worst refugee camp on earth,” to design and build innovations that can improve the lives of the refugees fleeing wars and natural disasters.

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Arthur’s Legacy

Michelle Wempe wrote this statement for the faculty and students of the Interior Architecture and Product Design (IAID) program at Kansas State University (KSU) and shared it with us. She is a Professor of Practice at KSU. She is also the Founder of zumaooh® and a Principal with Talentstar.

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5 Questions with Kenneth Bess

Problem solving is Kenneth Bess’s priority. As owner of Bess Design, he always strives for the excellence that can be achieved by the imaginative application of resources and creative energy. We chatted with Kenneth about his career path, where he finds inspiration, and any advice he might have for the next generation of graphic artists.

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The Learning Lab | Today + Beyond (Part II)

How can we measure the impact of design? What is the economic value proposition of the work that we do? Tom Jacobs of Krueck Sexton Partners and Marjanne Pearson of Talentstar joined Michelle Wempe for her Contemporary Design Seminar at Kansas State University (Part II) asking, “What will the design professions look like in 2030 and beyond?”

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Your Next Job: Step 1

Over the past year, we have seen so many terrific, highly accomplished and experienced people who found themselves looking for new jobs. During the The Great Recession, we set up a new section called “Help Desk.” This is the beginning of a new series of posts called When your new job is to find your next job.

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Communications Catalyst

It’s my pleasure to welcome Brien McDaniel to the Talentstar braintrust of collaborators. Brien is, himself, like a gemstone — with a bright and sparkling personality as well as great depth of character, expertise, and resonance.

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The Learning Lab | Redux

My colleagues and I have always believed that it’s important to write, teach, and testify. I hope you enjoy this post from ten years ago about my experience of teaching at Harvard GSD with my dear friend and consulting partner Nancy Egan.

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Our Future Begins Today

Our future begins today — for ourselves and our families and organizations. A new era is unfolding, with significantly more focus on health and wellness, fairness and equity, and sustainability. There’s a new playing field, with new rules.

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