Designing for self-leadership

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This paper argues generative tools can be used not only as ‘a language for co-creation aimed at the collective creativity’ as stated by pioneer E.B. Sanders (2000), but as ‘a visual making-language for self-dialogue and value clarification’, paving the way to self-leadership. In a Danish bank this ‘making-language’, was offered banking customers, who wanted to change their ‘money-behaviour’. They created visual ‘hand-made’ strategies which proved to be strongly self-persuasive: six weeks later the participants had changed their behaviour - and in accordance with their new strategies. Additionally they stated they felt increasingly empowered by taking action and leadership. Designing for self-leadership meet with an increasing need for identifying our values and ‘voices’ and becoming self-leading (Covey, 2005, Drucker, 2000). This need aligns with the recent discovery within cognition and neuro-science, that we actually can change inappro-priate thinking patterns and habitual ways of acting (Manz & Neck, 1992, 1999, Seligman, 1998, Damasio, 1999, Pinker, 1999). Designing is paving the way.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Nordes 2013: : Experiments in design research
EditorsEva Brandt, Pelle Ehn, Troels Degn Johansson, Maria Hellström Reimer, Thomas Markussen, Anna Vallgårda
Place of PublicationKøbenhavn
PublisherDet Kongelige Kunstakademis Skoler for Arkitektur, Design og Konservering (KAD)
Publication date9 Jun 2013
ISBN (Print)9788778303165
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventNordes 2013: Experiments in design research - expressions, knowledge, critique - København, Denmark
Duration: 9 Jun 201312 Jun 2013


ConferenceNordes 2013
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