When thinking about reimagining your office space, using a human-centred design approach can help you reshape your workspace to meet the needs of the people using it: your employees. A workspace designed for the people that use it can increase productivity, facilitate collaboration, and boost company morale.
In 2018, Overlap is turning training inside out to focus on making ourselves the best trained team in the industry.
All Overlap employees are given five full days of Professional Development and can choose which courses best align with their Development Goals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Balance Day is paid time off in addition to anyone’s current allotted vacation days.
Overlap contributes to healthy, fulfilling lives beyond work by providing staff with additional paid balance days off per year.
It’s important to recognize that there are certain days or certain times of the year that are busy. Balance Days are a way to acknowledge the dedication of all staff through these periods.
Overlap’s Head, Relationships and Problem Framing, Alison Portt, shares her journey from charity development director to entering the world of human-centred design.
I made the decision to leave a successful career in fundraising to join Overlap, a social innovation design firm in Kitchener, Ontario. This massive career decision was a difficult one to make, but it was ultimately a long-time coming.
Design Thinking is not an exclusive skill, natural ability, fine art, or rocket science.
Design thinking is accessible to everyone.
In this post you'll find additional information and useful tips for attending your Overlap design thinking course.