SydDT #81: Establishing & Scaling an Innovation/Design Practice

SydDT #81: Establishing & Scaling a Kickass Innovation/Design Practice

We were lucky to have Nathan Baird sharing his lessons learnt from 20 years establishing and scaling design-led innovation at a team, organisation, and country level.

Couldn’t make it or just want to relive it? Watch it now.

Meetup Announcement

Thursday, 11 May 2023 @ 6pm. ThinkPlace, Sydney

Come join us for some fun conversations with interesting people keen on design thinking. This month, Nathan Baird will be sharing his lessons learnt from 20 years establishing and scaling design-led innovation at a team, organisation, and country level.

Your ticket gets you the usual drinks, pizza, and networking… but also a copy of Nathan’s book Innovator’s Playbook: How to Create Great Products, Services & Experiences That Your Customers Will Love! (RRP $34.95), and a copy of his award winning digital Design Thinking Method Cards.

If you can’t make it in person, it’s free to join online from 6:30pm. Register here.

In this very open and frank talk, Nathan is going to share four personal stories about building and scaling design and innovation practices that he’s been involved in over the years – a brewery, a bank, a nation, and a big 4 consultancy.

It’s not just going to be about the successes either. Nathan will also share the false paths the traps and the epic failures, as well as how to identify early on whether your design practice is destined for failure and how to progress, pivot or perish (get out and live to fight another day).


Nathan Baird

Founder, Innovation Strategist, Facilitator & Trainer – Methodry
Nathan is an internationally experienced author, speaker and innovation consultant living in Sydney, Australia. He is one of the world’s most experienced design thinking practitioners, a former Partner of Design Thinking for global management consultancy KPMG, where he established and led KPMG’s Human Centred Design practice. He is the founder of customer-driven innovation and growth firm Methodry.

He has run 100s of innovation projects, 1000s of workshops and spent tens of thousands of hours leading and training innovation across most industries and continents with global giants and market-leading organisations like the Australian Institute of Sport, Bausch & Lomb, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Diageo, Les Mills, Siemens, and Unilever, as well as many small-medium enterprises, startups, not-for-profits and government.

He is super passionate about democratising innovation while balancing the need to maintain rigorous standards of teaching and practice to enable all individuals, teams, organisations and countries to prosper and flourish through design-led innovation. In his 20 years of experience in business Nathan has worked both client side and consultancy side, as well as running his own company.

Event Sponsors

Thanks to ThinkPlace for sponsoring this event.