About the event:
Design Human Capital Forum
What are the core design-related skills needed by industry to drive innovation?
The Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI) hosts quarterly meetings about issues concerning design-related skills training in education and the workplace.
Join us on 16 August as we run our Design Human Capital Forum as part of the Open Design Festival Cape Town, where we will explore the question: What are the core design-related skills needed by industry to drive innovation?
Our three speakers will unpack this question to increase our understanding of what expertise are desirable in business and government to foster innovation in the workplace.
Admission is free. Book your place here.
Dr Rael Futerman, Programme Manager at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking at UCT
Dr Rael Futerman’s areas of specialisation include Industrial Design, Participatory Design and Biomimicry. As a Design Thinking educator, his interest is in developing context-relevant programmes that support experiential learning among multi-disciplinary student groups. His focus areas include the development of empathic models of design practice, systems approaches to the designing out of tensions within community and organisational structures, and developing responsive design thinking curricula. Rael has worked as an educator and Programme Manager within the Industrial Design department of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), and a consultant and researcher in the academic and corporate sectors.
Claire Jowell, marketing and business consultant
Claire Jowell is interested in innovative, sustainable and socially impactful business. Having worked at a fast-growing local online education company for three years, Claire is now working as a marketing and business consultant for social enterprises. She also runs a local idea-sharing/networking event called THINK.Thursday.
Cor Shutte, Industrial Engineer and independent consultant
Cor Shutte is an Industrial Engineer by training and worked in aerospace manufacturing before joining the Process and Innovation service line of a global management consultancy, where he worked in retail, fashion, finance, utilities and telecoms in the UK, Finland, and the USA. In 2013 he returned to SA to join the Business Improvement Unit of the City of Cape Town, and started the Transport Innovation Unit for Cape Town where he led various research and development initiatives in transport-related technologies, strategies, and tools. In the past year, Cor has been learning what it takes to start and run a small business. He is currently involved in Chopchop a “lean startup” salad bar in the East City, Prettysim.pl a design agency, and supporting a couple of other early stage initiatives.
Location: Cape Craft and Design Institute
Events Space, 2nd floor, CT City Hall, Cape Town