Welcome to Optimism

Madani Younis – W+Ked

This week we welcomed Madani Younis into the agency for a talk on disrupting the traditional status quo surrounding culture and challenging accessibility within the arts.

Artistic Director of Bush Theatre and a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Board, Madani discussed the democracy of culture and the risks we need to take to have a genuine impact on the world around us.

Thanks to Madani and to the W+Ked organisers for treating us to another stimulating talk as part of our ongoing speakers programme.

David Kestner – Living in Beta

We had the pleasure of welcoming David Kestner, founder of the Design Thinkers Academy, into the agency last week as part of our W+Ked speakers programme.

David has a rich history of leading design projects for industry and government and has worked in the creative sector for more than 25 years, including as a former Chief Executive of the UK Design Council and D&AD.

His talk, Living in Beta, discussed the role of design thinking in problem solving – in and out of the creative industry. We heard about the Design Council’s involvement in NHS health innovation programmes, where design played a crucial role in rethinking approaches to infection control, dignity and dementia.

Thanks to David for a genuinely enlightening and thought-provoking morning.