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We were asked to answer a question which was: “How might we carry tonight ideas to our daily lives”. We were challenged to answer that question with people we have never seen before. We were challenged to answer a question that is quite general. That challenge came after a discussion about the diversity, inclusion and especially the famous “men/ women problem” (equality etc.), what does not make the problem easier.

It is 11:20 p.m. and that group of strangers turned into a group of people sharing the very deep thoughts, dreams, ideas and experience. We have never written a group blog and this is our message to the world about how to change it.

Somehow we might have derailed from the process of doing design thinking or we managed to do it in a way we didn’t realize we were doing it. In the end most of us feel like we answered the question in one way or the other. This blog represents an answer to the question. You should know that this blog is co-authored by seven persons which is amazing.

In the beginning we were asking ourselves which were tonight’s ideas and we were not feeling comfortable on getting an answer and not agreeing on anything, but we at the end agreed that the important thing was make a difference and help other people to make a difference, be inspired by people and inspire people is one idea that we can carry to our daily lives.

People have role models, people’s whose blogs you read, people that invest time in you to excel in what you do. The best way of paying these people back is to inspire others. To make a change do nice things for others without expecting anything in return.

I must say I feel touched by the way mentors pay forward, help without expecting any reward. An insight that had totally escaped me before this evening.  I used to say there are people who DO things and then there are people who TALK about it, and usually they are not the same. Today I learned that this is very untrue, I really learned something. Thank you.

There was a time during this evening, where I didn’t feel comfortable, because I thought I learn something about Design Thinking. But I think the Question we got was too difficult to answer within such a short time. So at the end we had a very good discussion and I will take a lot of thoughts and life experiences with me. Perhaps it will change something in my daily life.

In the end, I am curious to know whether we were practicing design thinking. Honestly speaking, I guess no, but let’s see. At least we had a valuable discussion.

I thank all the ladies and gentlemen on my team (in order of seating clockwise): Tom Cenens, Raquel Cunha, Roel van der Berge, Jens Steckhan, Katharine Seiz and Florian Speth. I look forward to see you again!

p.s.: look for pictures, videos and other blogs on this event, because this event was really awesome.

Further reading:

Spreading Design Thinking – a practice workshop

http://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=255525695

http://www.sapteched.com/emea/activities/inclusion.htm

http://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/display/events/Summary+of+EIDI+Events

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  1. Tom Cenens
    event and I’m glad to have met you. I asked Heike if we did design thinking in the end (because our team member who wrote the last bit of the blog doubted it) and she said we did or at least to a large extent but we didn’t have it noted down on post-its so it was not really captured visually at the event.

    This blog and the two blogs you have written are a result of the Embracing inclusion and design thinking event and that’s great. I didn’t know what to expect up front either but I’m touched by the event and I’m convinced I will not forget about this.

    Kind regards

    Tom

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    1. Former Member
      I agree – totally amazing.  This is one of the things I can say truly had an impact on my life.  (My session was in LV.  I didn’t get to meet you all in person.)

      Michelle

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  2. Kumud Singh
    Hi,
    Looks like Design thinking takes a step ahead at every next tech-ed. The theme question is excellent.
    I would say we do design thinking at many instances but might not realise it. Don’t we help people seeking our help in our project team?
    Don’t we help strangers find the appropriate location? Likewise, but might be we have to expand ourselves to take greater initiaves.
    SCN is the greatest example of design thinking implementation. 7billionorg another big initiative.Mentors are way too high. Expectations keep rising from them tremendously.Not all can be upto them.
    Could not resist commenting inspite of a hectic day.
    Thanks for writing this thoughtful blog.

    Regards,
    Kumud

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    1. Former Member
      Mentors are way too high?  I don’t think so.  We are just people like you.  We have fun sharing thoughts, playing on SCN, and enjoying SAP.

      I think you are completely right!  We do help people all the time.  It’s just being nice.  Helpful or whatever you want to call it.

      I can speak for myself when I say being a mentor is great!  I love it.  BUT I wouldn’t ever think I was higher than anyone else.  We all bring something different to the table. 

      And I may not be understanding your point.  Sometimes that happens.

      You are making a positive impact / inspiring others with every comment you write!  Every blog you take the time to read!

      Michelle

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  3. Former Member
    Interesting.  I have my finger tapping on my chin thinking about doing something and not expecting a reward.  I think your right kind of.

    We don’t “expect” anything in return.  But we get it in many different forms.  A response to a blog.  A good job by a co-worker.  If you help someone with something – you are rewarded when they say thank you. 

    Writing a blog is an amazing experience.  I usually learn a lot from the comments both positive and negative.  They open my mind, and make me think.  So I usually get a reward.  Of course if no one responds that’s OK too.  I can look and see that X people took the time out of their busy schedule to read the blog.

    That kind of feedback inspires me to do more.  So do I expect anything in return of just being nice?  No.  It sure is nice to get something though.  Even a smile.

    I hope people read this blog and think about one thing they could do extra nice today.

    I know I am!

    Michelle

    By the way excellent job of capturing the event.  Where I believe there probably was design thinking.

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  4. Former Member
    To be honest I had no idea of what to expect from this event other than to meet new people. Therefore I took a seat at a table of people I have never met. What I got from it exceeded my expectations. We had a very nice conversation about passion, influence, making a change and helping others. I want to thank the entire group for that insightful experience and I hope to see you all again at some other event.

    Cheers, Roel

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