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Author's profile photo Fred Verheul

Design Thinking training in The Netherlands

Yes, this time I’m trying to sell you something. If you don’t like it, just skip this blog post.

So what’s up?

Well, maybe you still remember: last year at sapteched_2012 in Madrid there was a strike! And consequently the evening session about empathy, organized by Marilyn Pratt , was canceled. But that didn’t stop us active scn community members at all of course, so several of us gathered in Marilyn’s hotel on Wednesday evening, and we still had a great time.

Among those present were a few folks from D-Labs in Potsdam, most notably Julia Dorbic . They do consulting and training around Design Thinking, something most of us were interested in. I mean, at innojam you also get to experience Design Thinking, but there’s of course more to it. And it’s an important skill, considering the space on SCN I’m writing this blog in 🙂 .

So afterwards we stayed in touch with Julia, and came up with the idea of organizing a more extensive training on Design Thinking. Last month we had a conference call and decided to do the training in the Netherlands, in Eindhoven (because of the Belgium people involved), on Aug 6th till Aug 9th.

Now, there are 2 options: you can do a 1-day introduction (Awareness Workshop), or a deep dive 4-day training (which also starts with the Awareness Workshop). Both are offered at an attractive one time only(!) price because of the sapteched_2012  connection.

Note that this whole training is a grass roots initiative: as community members we will arrange the location ourselves (actually Twan van den Broek has already taken care of the location, thx Twan!), we will make sure there is enough food and drinks, etcetera.

What’s the problem?

So far so good, you’d think. The only catch is: there’s a minimum number of attendees required (it still is a ‘commercial training offering’), and at the moment we don’t have enough submissions yet. That’s why we’ve decided to go public with this initiative, and try to attract more people who are interested in learning about (and experiencing) Design Thinking.

What’s in it for me?

By completing the 4-day training you will become “junior Design Thinking coach” (yes, with a certificate from D-Labs). This will for instance enable you to coach/train your colleagues, or organize Design Thinking workshops with your customers (if you’re a consultant).

So if you’re interested…

Then ping me here on SCN or on twitter (I’m @fredverheul ), and I’m happy to provide you with all the details. But you’d better be quick, as the deadline for submitting is on July 18th (yes, that’s less than 2 weeks).

Let’s make this happen and get some Design Thinking going in The Netherlands!

UPDATE 25-07-2013:

I’m not sure that it’s because of this blog post, but the training is really going to happen! In less than 2 weeks we’ll gather in Eindhoven (NL). And the best news: it’s still possible to register: just contact myself or Julia Dorbic and join us for this intensive but absolutely fun week!

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      Author's profile photo Tom Van Doorslaer
      Tom Van Doorslaer

      I'm highlighting this so that enough people will notice this and subscribe to the training. I booked a week of holiday just to be able to attend the training. So I have a special interest in it taking place 😆

      ps: It's also a great opportunity to get in touch with some of the thought leaders around SAP in BE and NL.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member


      I can't seem to send you a message on SCN, but can you send me some more info about this training? This might be good for me and my colleagues, both SAP- and non-SAP people should be introduced to this!

      Can you drop me an email?



      Author's profile photo Tom Cenens
      Tom Cenens

      Hi Fred

      It makes me sad that I won't be able to attend but I wish you all a great time. I'm convinced these workshops will be beneficial for all who join in.

      Best regards


      Author's profile photo Tom Van Doorslaer
      Tom Van Doorslaer

      btw: practical details known yet?

      Address, time, party location?

      Author's profile photo Tom Van Doorslaer
      Tom Van Doorslaer

      A big Thank you to Fred Verheul, Twan van den Broek, Julia Dorbic and the entire D-Labs team for making this amazing course happen.

      The energy and enthusiasm already on the first day was amazing.

      Definitely looking forward to meeting up again at TechEd Amsterdam!

      Author's profile photo Robin Van Het Hof
      Robin Van Het Hof

      (You should've seen the energy an enthusiasm on the next three days then! 😆 )

      But I wholeheartedly agree, I wouldn't have missed this course for the world!

      I have gained so many insights and extra skills I wasn't even aware of this could be possible in only 4 days...

      Author's profile photo Julia Dorbic
      Julia Dorbic

      Thank you all for your great participation!! Wouldn't have been possible with all YOUR enthusiasm! 🙂

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Fred,

      Nice information. Thanks.


      Hari Suseelan