Casey Hrynkow, WIK*D Design Thinking

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“Design Thinking is not a panacea for business. It is not the right tool when innovation is not the desired outcome. Design Thinking is all about innovating. If you know what you want; if you have determined your process, you’re not looking for innovation.”

Over the past 25 years, I…


There is something inside us that we believe when it tells us that someone is “less than” we are —an “other” — not to be trusted, spoken to, or even to be seen. What is that? How big is that “space” between us and them?

Why do we fear —or hate —someone who has a different bone structure, skin colour or physical ability. What about clues to status and financial security? And how about behaviour?

I wonder about this as I watch a growing wall of separation between the people of Maple Ridge and the…


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We’ve been at this for a while. The Quran, the Bible, the Torah, the teachings of Buddha all prioritize the equality of all human beings. And yet…

Many human beings (perhaps all, to some degree) are still influenced by our primitive brain’s anachronistic priority to see difference. Our amygdala works to protect us, to recognize physical danger — like lions and tigers. But somehow it still rules us to the point that we can see age, race…


It is a strange kind of voyeurism watching the food you grow advance to producing edible things. I look closely every day. My garden boots are the only required equipment. I’m often out in my nightie, and the boots, peeking at my plants.

I plant them as seeds and they break through the soil as tiny two-leaved beings, almost indistinguishable one from another. As they get a bit bigger, I cull the smaller ones that are crowding the strong ones. (I usually carefully wash these sacrifices and throw them in my salads as…


In a grocery store lineup one day, I asked myself a big question.

As I clutched my bag of brussels sprouts and a bottle of house red I pondered, what if I was black, Indigenous, south Asian, or Asian, what would my experience be like in this exact scenario? Would I feel — truly— that I could stand straight and tall and meet…


A point in time from my thesis proposal for my Graduate Liberal Studies degree at Simon Fraser University, back in 2017.

Helping Canadians to Bring the Homeless into “the Circle of Human Concern”.¹

Keywords: Homelessness, Othering, Design for Behaviour Change, Community-based Research, Social Justice, Social Innovation, Co-creation

©Leah Denbok Humanizing the Homeless

“The most important good we can distribute to each other in society is membership”²

Postscript: It’s interesting to see where I was a couple of years ago, when I was still trying to shape my thesis…


I woke up this morning from an intense dream, so vivid and detailed, I had to walk my husband through it. As I talked, I realized I sounded slightly insane. And at the same time, I started to realize why I had had this dream.

Self-portrait under stress, 2007

I realized that I had not dealt with my transition from having some celebrity in my chosen profession to no longer having it. I had not yet mourned the dissolution of what I considered to be my primary identity. I look back on my great fortune of having an outstanding…


Why is it so hard to understand the Wet’suwet’en protests?

Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs from left, Rob Alfred, John Ridsdale, centre and Antoinette Austin, who oppose the Coastal Gaslink pipeline take part in a rally in Smithers B.C., on Friday January 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN

In a personal attempt to understand colonization in Canada and its effects on our First Peoples, I write this as a documentation of my limited understanding. It is an invitation to intelligent, rational feedback. …


A diverse group of people with mad skills decide to gang up on the conditions that make a city unliveable

Chief Janice George opens #shiftdisturbers. Photo: Johnathon Vaughn Strebly

Chief Janice George, dressed in her own beautifully woven regalia, looks over the train tracks of Gastown to her home on the North Shore. This is the traditional territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) People. Chief George tells us about the night the Vancouver of 1886 went up in flames. Her…


Why aren’t we including people who are experiencing homelessness in the conversation about solving the problem?

The Othering & Belonging Conference 2019 attracted 2,000 enthusiastic, intelligent people to “advance scholarship, narratives, movements, systems, and policies that support a more fully inclusive ‘we.’”

I was in Oakland, California this week for a conference called Othering and Belonging. It’s hosted by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at The University of California at Berkeley. …

Casey Hrynkow, WIK*D Design Thinking

DesignThinking will shape our future. I am a design strategist, co-creation facilitator and teacher. Blog at http://bit.ly/2nGFo2u

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