Getting to Better

Welcome to Getting to Better, our blog for stories, insights, and industry trends surrounding social innovation, capacity building, design thinking, and human-centred design.

12 Design Books for Your 2018 Reading List

Posted by Jordan Nottrodt on January 11, 2018

We asked our team to share their favourite, most inspiring, and most helpful reads from the year so that you can add them to your 2018 reading list.

The following books inspired and motivated us throughout the year, and we hope they will do the same for you.

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Tags: Design, Design Thinking

Five Things to Do in Your Next Patient Engagement Project

Posted by Overlap on December 19, 2017

Good patient engagement, or any qualitative research, is about getting to know a person, not just getting facts. 

How can you conduct better patient engagement?

Continue reading for our five helpful design tips for getting to know your patients.

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Tags: Patient Engagement, Engagement

Women in Entrepreneurship - Overlap Co-Founder Lisa Grogan Shares Her Thoughts and Advice

Posted by Lisa Grogan on December 06, 2017

For Women Entrepreneurship Day, Overlap’s Co-Founder Lisa Grogan participated in a Twitter chat with Startups Canada that got other Canadian leaders talking about women in entrepreneurship.


You can view the full chat on Storify and continue reading for Lisa’s chat answers as she shares her experiences running a women-led company as well as her advice for women in entrepreneurship.

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Tags: Overlap, Social Innovation

A New Look For Overlap Associates

Posted by Overlap on November 30, 2017

We’re thrilled to officially announce Overlap’s 2017 brand refresh.

After six years of rapid growth, we wanted to refine and refresh the existing Overlap look to create a more cohesive and polished visual brand identity.

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We Asked Kids Age 2 - 12 What They Want the Future to Look Like

Posted by Jordan Nottrodt on November 20, 2017

On Monday, November 20th, UNICEF is helping #KidsTakeOver for World Children's Day. Kids around the world will deliver the news, share ideas, sit in parliament seats, and more.

It's a day for children, by children, to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights, and help them fulfil their potential. Learn more about World Children's Day.  And join UNICEF Canada's One Youth movement to help make child and youth well-being a priority across the country.

This is a day of fun with a serious message, and we wanted our community of kids to participate too. Below is a blog written by kids. To participate, we asked:

 

WHAT DO YOU WANT THE FUTURE TO LOOK LIKE? 

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Tags: Canada, Social Innovation, Foresight

How a Journal Can be a Powerful Design Research Tool

Posted by Chelsea Mills on November 07, 2017


Journaling is a great way to collect in-depth data on a participant’s experiences. This post will take you through some of the benefits and drawbacks of journaling, and some tips on how you might use journals in your own research.

As with any research tool, there are a few things to take into consideration before deploying it to ensure you’re collecting useful data.

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Tags: Design, Design Research, Tools, Engagement

A List of Resources to Help Non-Tech Industries Learn Agile Methodology

Posted by Jordan Nottrodt on October 30, 2017

We’ve compiled a list of resources for anyone just beginning to learn about Agile, or for anyone not from a software background.

With this reading list, your non-tech organization can learn Agile methodology, begin applying Agile, accelerate innovation across your teams, and much more.

Agile methodology refers to a way of working that is iterative and flexible.

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Tags: Design, Design Thinking, Agile

Overlap Awarded New Ontario Vendor of Record Status in Strategic Public Engagement

Posted by Katherine Hannemann on October 23, 2017

After over six years of conducting broad-reaching and in-depth engagement, Overlap Associates is now an Ontario Vendor of Record in the brand new Management Consulting (VOR #OSS-00426611) Role: Strategic Public Engagement.

WHAT DOES OUR STRATEGIC PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT VOR STATUS MEAN FOR THE ORGANIZATIONS WE WORK WITH?

As an official Vendor of Record (VOR), we are pre-qualified to provide goods and services for select public engagement projects within Ontario ministries and certain organizations, per the conditions of the VOR arrangement.

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Tags: Canada, Community Engagement, Overlap

6 Reasons to Start Solo in Idea Generation

Posted by Chelsea Mills on October 11, 2017

Reap the benefits of listening to many different ideas and combining the best together. Overlap’s first and most important rule is Start Solo in idea generation.

Imagine this: There are ten people sitting around a table, trying to solve a problem. Someone blurts out an idea. The group then spends the rest of their time together discussing and debating that one idea. They hear from the loudest and first to speak up. They never get to hear from the introvert, or possible expert in the room.

The rule of starting solo comes from our Chief, Creativity & Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Linda Carson, and she's made us all promise that if she's ever abducted by aliens, this is how we'll remember her. By always Starting Solo.

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Tags: Ideation, Design Thinking, Collaboration

Overlap Celebrates 6 Years of Sharing the Power of Design

Posted by Overlap on October 05, 2017

2017 has been a big year for Overlap.

We’ve been reflecting on our journey over the past six years - remembering our first little office above Shoppers Drug Mart in downtown Kitchener with just one desk, three chairs and a big vision to make a positive social impact in our world through our new business venture.

We’ve come a long way since those early days. This past March, Overlap moved into a new office with over  6000-square-feet to accommodate our growing team of brilliant designers.  

And this fall we had the honour of receiving the Canadian Business Excellence Awards for Private Business.

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Tags: Canada, Overlap, Collaboration