Louise Wilson

"Design Researcher and Social Innovator"

I originally trained as an industrial designer then spent a number of years working in branding. I soon realised that I wanted to be more socially minded and did a Masters in Design for Development at Kingston University.

With the experience of leading successful design projects for a variety of organisations, I've been able to focus my skills on social design and community engagement.

I have a real passion for creating cohesion, empowering others and collaboration - whether it's through designing campaigns, facilitating workshops or managing projects, I enjoy engaging with the end user, gaining a deep understanding of a problem and being creative in a non-traditional way.

I teach on the Kingston University Sustainable Design MA (#SusDes) course and am developing the winning 'My Fail Tale' concept from the Web entrepreneur challenge.

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Pierce Gordon

April 07, 2014, 05:12AM
Greetings!

My name is Pierce Gordon, a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley. As a member of a group in a course at the Information School, we're running a study upon the innovative OpenIDEO community about the user experience.

We found you're a select designer of the OpenIDEO system that has been highly active in the system in many ways. We have selected you because of your active involvement, and expert opinion upon the use of the OpenIDEO website.

Would you like to participate in an online focus group of the website? If so, we would love to participate in a Google Hangout discussion with you, and a collection of up to five other active designers, upon the user experience of the OpenIDEO website.

All of our information will be disemminated to OpenIDEO engineers for the sake of bettering the community you have worked so hard to contribute

Please contact me at piercegordon1@gmail.com, or the OpenIDEO profile http://www.openideo.com/profiles/1225020236, if you are interested. Hope to hear from you soon!

Cheng Zhang

August 05, 2013, 18:47PM
Dear Louise
  
It was a pleasure of reading your post.
  
I am Cheng Zhang, a master student from London School of Economics (LSE).

As I am writing a dissertation on OpenIDEO, can I send you a questionnaire for you to answer in about 10 days time?
  
I can see that you are an active participant, and I am really interested in finding out more about people like you.
  
If you do not have time it is totally understandable too! If you are interested, could you please send me an email to michael_528@hotmail.com ? Or you can tell me your email here;).
  
Best regards and many thanks
  
Cheng Zhang
  A note explaining why Lee added Louise to their Team for this idea:
Thanks again for your feedback, welcome to the virtual team :)
  A note explaining why Arjan added Louise to their Team for this idea:
I'm absolutely energized by your encouragement! Thanks!

OpenIDEO

June 07, 2012, 22:05PM
Congrats to Louise on her winning sharing Failure concept on our Web Start-up Challenge!

OpenIDEO

June 08, 2013, 18:48PM
Hello,
FirstI would like to to introduce myself, I am Hassan Ait Lmouden. That I work for Armed, Roches a beautiful inn in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco.
We are based in the armed Berber village (2000m) at the foot of Mount Toubkal (4167m), the highest peak in North Africa .... We are only 90 minutes drive south of Marrakech.
We are a team of professional mountain guides have extensive experience in organizing trekking routes in mountain areas ....
Pls view our website
Feel free to visit and do not hesitate to contact us for any information
All welcome Bes
The Auberge Les Roches Aremd
Armed Village - Asni Province AL 42152 Haouz - Marrakech - MOROCCO
  Mobile: 00212 662 841 559
Mobile: 00212 668 857 931
Call: 00212 668. 857,931
E-mail: rochesaremd@yahoo.fr
E-mail: travel_trek@yahoo.com

OpenIDEO

April 30, 2012, 00:27AM
Louise was selected for our monthly Featured Ideator series. Check it out: http://bit.ly/oi_insights_9

Cliff Overton

April 28, 2011, 22:33PM
Hi Jason - must be something about Industrial Design that attracts us to it in the first place (yeah - we get to draw sexy cars with markers) and then we get lost in the consumerism side of it and end up becoming 'ex' industrail designers!

Louise - where did you do your 'design thinking' course? I would love to do one but I don't think there is one in Melbourne, Australia.

Louise Wilson

May 04, 2011, 10:27AM
Hi Cliff, this is the course I did http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-course/design-development-ma/ - the website doesn't really tell you much but it was FANTASTIC! The course leader really made it and the course totally transformed my way of thinking. Happy to answer more if you have them.

Shantel Higgins

November 13, 2012, 22:20PM
Hi Louise, can you share the professor's name - does he have a blog, or such, on design thinking for those of us unfortunately not in a position to take his class?!

Ashley Jablow

April 20, 2011, 17:25PM
I'm loving the contributions you've made - both to our challenges and to our community. Great job Louise!

Louise Wilson

April 20, 2011, 19:56PM
Thanks Ashely. I love being part of the community. Looking forward to new challenges starting....

Cliff Overton

April 14, 2011, 06:55AM
Hi Louise, great to find another 'ex industrial designer' in the mix. I also got sick of the work I was doing in designing short term wasteful display items to sell more wasteful products! Love your enthusiasm and your passion here - when do you find time to eat or sleep? Cliff.

Louise Wilson

April 14, 2011, 09:48AM
Hi Cliff, great to hear from someone with similiar experiences! I went back to uni to study a 'design thinking' style MA and now only work on socially, sustainable projects - best thing I ever did! This platform is fantastic. I already feel completely part of a real community working together to solve really important problems. Long may it live! p.s I don't get much sleep ;-)

Jason Morenikeji

April 28, 2011, 15:39PM
Ex-industrial http://designer...me too ;-)

Vincent Cheng

April 13, 2011, 20:26PM
Hi Louise. You've been such a creative force on the local food challenge! Your many inspirations were truly inspirational for me, your concepts' visualizations are a pleasure to view, and your collaborative spirit warms my heart =)

Louise Wilson

April 14, 2011, 09:49AM
It warms me to read comments like this - thank you! I have a real passion for promoting healthy living and eating - this challenge is the type of work I love doing!

Louise Wilson

March 29, 2011, 20:56PM
Thanks Arjan. Your comments have been really helpful and inspiring - encouraging me to think deeper and futher is great. It is such an amazing platform - a real community with like minded people working on worthwhile projects. It's a 'socially sustainable innovator's' dream medium!

Arjan Tupan

March 29, 2011, 17:02PM
Hey Louise, wonderful that you've found your way to this platform. Your fabulous contributions are very inspiring, and your engagement, also on Twitter, is super cool. Keep Ideating!

OpenIDEO

June 08, 2013, 18:52PM
Hello,
FirstI would like to to introduce myself, I am Hassan Ait Lmouden. That I work for Armed, Roches a beautiful inn in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco.
We are based in the armed Berber village (2000m) at the foot of Mount Toubkal (4167m), the highest peak in North Africa .... We are only 90 minutes drive south of Marrakech.
We are a team of professional mountain guides have extensive experience in organizing trekking routes in mountain areas ....
Pls view our website
Feel free to visit and do not hesitate to contact us for any information
All welcome Bes
The Auberge Les Roches Aremd
Armed Village - Asni Province AL 42152 Haouz - Marrakech - MOROCCO
  Mobile: 00212 662 841 559
Mobile: 00212 668 857 931
Call: 00212 668. 857,931
E-mail: rochesaremd@yahoo.fr
E-mail: travel_trek@yahoo.com
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