TEDx is – first, last, and always – about talking. Talking originally, surprisingly, persuasively, and concretely about something new – a new way of thinking, of making things, or, in the case of Friday’s TEDx Philadelphia, titled “The New Workshop of the World,” a new way of being this city.
“With FUSE 2014 just a couple of weeks away, I was fortunate to sit down with Natalie Nixon, Ph.D., Director of The Strategic Design MBA Program at Philadelphia University. At FUSE, Nixon will be speaking along with countless brand strategists, designers, trend hunters and culture curators. With one collective voice, the 18th annual FUSE conference celebrates a collaborative approach to building more meaningful brands – becoming a forum for all to share stories, inspiration and best practices.”
Director of The Strategic Design MBA Program, Philadelphia University
I’m inspired by Sade; weeding (it’s amazing the thoughts that come to mind while digging through dirt!); and the ocean.
When I’m having a creative block, I swim!
My favorite ad campaign Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches… not an ad in a traditional sense but definitely took on a life of its own. Very human!
Favorite color deep orange… and deep pink!
Best advice I ever received never underestimate the value of ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ – from my dad.
The very next thing on my to do list is pack for Finland.
A least once, everyone should rappel off the side of a mountain!
The best way to unwind after a long day is a lavender scented bubble bath.
If I had a one year sabbatical, I would go back to the Maldives, swim every day in the Indian Ocean, eat super healthy, and write a work of fiction.
The most overused word in meetings today is innovative.
At the moment, I’m obsessed with House of Cards!!!!!!!!
I’d define my personal style as sultry-athletic… and nothing some red lipstick can’t help!
I’m happiest when I am relaxing with my husband, John.
I wish I could tell jokes without spoiling the ending or getting the order mixed up!
I’m proud that I taught myself how to do a flip turn to add into my swimming laps by watching YouTube videos.
The last stamp on my passport Monaco and the UK.
The next stamp on my passport Finland
When I look back on my career I am really happy. I gave most everything I had an itch for a try- except for professional beach volley ball. That was in my 20’s. But that’s ok. I hope my step-daughter Sydney gives that a try!
I still hope to love getting older.
As part of activities related to the Master’s Degree in Design Studies, Natalie Nixon, MBA in Strategic Design Program Director at the University of Philadelphia, led a conference at CENTRO in which she explained ways to leverage creativity as well as design thinking and apply these to the labor sector.
Additionally, she explored the notion of hybrid thinking, which takes advantage of both the brain’s hemispheres—analytical intelligence (the left brain) and creative intelligence (the right brain)—to resolve complex organizational and social problems as well as make the most of new opportunities.
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In an improv jazz combo, each player performs at the top of their game, building a flow of music out of potential chaos — by listening hard to one another and embracing mistakes. Natalie Nixon lays out the 7 rules of such “chaordic” systems, flirting between order and chaos, and shows how you can borrow from great players to boost your own creative flow.
Natalie talks to FUSE about using design thinking to solve business problems.
Natalie Nixon, the director of the strategic design MBA program at Philadelphia University, explains how improvisational thinking keeps you on your toes.
I was quoted in this article for the BBC.
To expand their booming fashion business, the owners of the Philadelphia boutique Smak Parlour decided to take their concept on the road – literally.
Within the first few days of opening the mobile store – known in the trade as a “fashion truck” – things were going well.
Then the power went out.
Natalie Nixon, director of the strategic design MBA at Philadelphia University, explains how you can use jazz inspired leadership techniques to synthesize employees and engender a truly collaborative environment.
Design theory and branding professor Natalie Nixon says the reason we don’t see more creativity in business is that most leaders don’t have any idea what it is.
Natalie Nixon is determined to bring more creativity to business. But that’s an uphill battle–especially considering that most business leaders don’t really know what creativity is, she says.
Nixon, the director of the strategic design MBA program at Philadelphia University, visited the Inc. offices recently to chat about creativity, strategic design–and how entrepreneurs can learn from jazz musicians. Below are edited highlights from our discussion, as Nixon explains the four things that leaders botch when it comes to creativity.