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.

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, Collaboration, Design Thinking

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: Overlap, Canada, Collaboration

The 25th Team Sets a New Standard For Global Giving

Posted by Overlap on September 12, 2017

UNICEF Canada’s 25th Team is a unique partnership that brought together 60 Canadian women to help women and children in need around the world.

Among these women is our very own Co-Founder Lisa Grogan.

Lisa and the other 59 members of The 25th Team, along with the Government of Canada, The Garrett Family Foundation, and Teck, have pledged a four-year financial commitment to change the lives of the world’s most vulnerable women and children.

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Tags: Overlap, Canada, Collaboration

5 Innovative Leadership Retreat Ideas Your Competitors Haven’t Thought Of

Posted by Jordan Nottrodt on June 14, 2017

This year, instead of the same old leadership retreat, why not give something new a try? Take a walk on the creative-side and embrace innovation, design, and collaboration across your team.

By pulling in design thinking tools and resources, you can build your own leadership skills as well as your team’s, all while learning from one another along the way. Below you’ll find five innovative leadership retreat ideas that will get your colleagues, organization, and competitors talking.

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Tags: Human-centred Design, Collaboration, Innovation

You Don't Know It All. You Can't Do It All.

Posted by Lorraine Randell on October 04, 2016

You don’t know it all. You can’t do it all.

I keep passing this saying, written on a post-it note on the desk of a very esteemed colleague (who most of us would probably say is one of the best equipped to know more and do more) and it brings me back to the truth of why we do this work.

Within human beings there lies a desire to be the winner. We all want to be the one that jumps the fire and saves the princess. We all want to be seen as exceptional.

But when we are looking to solve complex social problems, being exceptional doesn’t help. Even being the best won’t get you where you want to go.

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Tags: Engagement, Diversity, Design Research, Collaboration