15 October, 10.10am-12.10pm
The King's Fund, Deans Mews, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN

 UCD16 Fast Facts

When: Friday October 14, 8am – Saturday October 15, 8pm

Where: The King’s Fund, Deans Mews, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN

Workshop slot: Saturday October 15, 10.10am – 12.10pm in Maynard Theatre B

You can book your ticket here.

Last year’s highlights

storyFORMing in Central London

A workshop on story design for strategy and product choices
storyFORMing card deck Edition 1

storyFORMing card deck Edition 1

I’ll be offering a hands-on workshop on storyFORMing, a unique story design process that destabilises assumptions about what makes sense and what matters. The point of storyFORMing is to help people get clearer what they’re building/creating/running… and why anyone should care.

“storyForming is useful for inverting ideas of what your product or service is and who it is for.” Click To Tweet

In storyFORMing, we look beyond the obvious heroes. Activities explore what sensory and plurality FEEL like in practice, and their implications for our thinking and meaning-making. This workshop stokes divergent thinking and explores the edges of possibility, reassured by a consistent, enduring framework attuned to a cosmopolitan era. The workshop is constructed to offer an experience both dizzingly uncomfortable and utterly safe. Introverts can relax, comfortable knowing that they won’t be called to role-play, perform or be unwittingly asked to speak up.

“It’s like your voice is inside my head, I can hear you so clearly.” @cpsiconference 2014 participant Click To Tweet

How do you make human-centred design actually human?

The context for this public storyFORMing workshop is a fascinating one. UCD’16 is a two-day conference exploring precisely this.

What do we make of the philosophical tension between humanity and science in post-digital, networked civilisations? How do we design for our evolving species? And what does it mean to be human in a digitized world?

I’m please to be amongst the designers, scientists, technologists, philosophers, artists, thinkers, writers, performers, and activists who are contributing.

I like the idea that at UCD, everybody I’ll meet is an inventor. How so? These are people who are, in the words of the organisers:

bringing new ideas to life, inventing new ways for technology to fill the gaps in our world, though artificial intelligence, connected products and services, big data, virtual reality and simulated worlds, service design, biohacking, gaming, robotics and sympathetic machines, computer vision, human behaviour analysis, security, automation, and the future of healthcare, energy, social good, civil disobedience, cities, media, cars, commerce, finance, the global poor…

These are agitators, the innovators, and the rule breakers at #UCD16.

Yes, it’s high-stakes, this challenge of  designing technology for humanity. Is it a game? I’m not so sure.

Where do I fit in UCD16?

The form of creative problem solving I’ve used steadily since 2010 also lies at the heart of a lot of design thinking. It’s one way of practicing collaborative imagination.

Since the first open workshop on storyFORMing (in April 2013), people from the user-centred design community have listened it.

After a couple of near misses over the last few years, it’s wonderful to finally be contributing to one of the tribe’s leading events. Thank you to Pete Trainor for inviting me.

What a joy to contribute alongside  Dr Victoria Betton who came to that very first storyFORMing workshop, Alastair Somerville who listened in from Stroud, Mark Earls who has been a powerful thinking partner …. and my friend Lee Sankey who came to the very first “box” ideation workshop for what became KILN’s IdeaKeg.


15 October, 10.10am-12.10pm
The King's Fund, Deans Mews, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN

The deck is available for purchase from Throughline Ltd.

The deck is available for purchase – just contact me here.

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