Christian Bason

Christian Bason is CEO of the Danish Design Centre and former Director of MindLab, the Danish government’s innovation team. Prior to this he worked for nearly a decade as a consultant and business manager for Ramboll, the international consultancy group.

He is the author of seven books on design, innovation and leadership, most recently Leading Public Design (forthcoming 2017), Design for Policy (2014) and Leading Public Sector Innovation (2010). Christian teaches at a range of executive programs, including at Oxford Säid School of Business and the European School of Administration.

He is also a prolific contributor to blogs and magazines. Christian has written for Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review and the Huffington Post, and is a regular columnist for the influential Danish weekly Monday Morning. Christian holds an M.Sc. in political science and is a doctoral fellow at Copenhagen Business School.

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Presentation synopsis

Christian will share how design is a powerful approach to solving complex problems and realizing new opportunities in projects through three sets of practices: Exploring issues from a human perspective; collaborative idea-generation; and prototyping and testing solutions with end users. Additionally, Christian will ask: What are the leadership practices than can enable design projects to have maximum impact? What are the wider implications of design projects in public sector organisations? What might characterize the future of public governance?

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