Creative Problem Solving Through Research and Design
My name is Heidi, a Manager of Strategic Design at Bridgeable, and I am passionate about social impact at the intersection of design, data, and development.
My mission? To discover and translate the "aha" moments of life into experiences that improve the way people live, work, and play. For over 7 years, I have applied human-centered design methods of problem solving to business challenges, collaborating on small and large scale innovation projects in Canada and the US spanning healthcare, financial services, retail, and non-profit.
I hold a MA in Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation from UCL (University College London) and a BA in Industrial Design from OCAD University.
Recent professional accomplishment: For the last 3 months I was a visual design consultant with the University of Oxford on the Multi-Scale Infrastructure Systems Analytics (MISTRAL) project where I worked with two data model teams to translate data outputs into visual communications.
Recent personal accomplishment: After a 4 year pause, I ran a personal best marathon in the time of 3h 13min—a Boston Marathon qualifier. I'm looking forward to training for Boston in 2019.
Areas of Impact
Design. Applying the design process to diverse industries, particularly in international and urban development.
How can we apply methods of service design, systems thinking, and rapid prototyping to our world's most messy and systemic challenges?
Data. Thinking about the ecosystem of things (i.e. processes, communications, infrastructure, interactions) surrounding machines and smart technologies.
How can we co-exist with machines in honest, empowering, and equitable ways? How can we leverage technology in low-income markets that do not follow traditional formats?
Development. Humanitarian action—people helping other people—at the local and global scale.
How can we build sustainable supply chains based on shared values between stakeholders and effectively grow products, services, and business models in environments that lack supporting systems and processes?
Look for the invisible lines that connect things together.
Go a layer deeper to get to the heart of something.
Scale out to see how things fit within a broader context.
Don’t wait for perfect before sharing work.
Translating Research to Action
Moving from head knowledge to ideas that can be implemented in the real world
Planning and facilitating participatory workshops to help diverse groups bring their ideas to life
Thinking with my hands and always showing process work
Comfortable with Ambiguity
Leaping forward amidst uncertain circumstances
Improving Financial Well-Being
Understanding the current and future state experience of financial service customers and identifying opportunities to improve those experiences.
The Future of Patient Experience
Supporting a large healthcare organization to develop an innovative enterprise-wide strategy and approach to patient-centricity.
Helping a microfinance organization improve their existing lending and mentorship model for entrepreneurs living with mental illness and addictions based on shared needs between the organization and their clients.
Co-Creating Models of Alzheimer's Care
Overcoming uncertainties in strategic planning within the Alzheimer's care space by co-creating likely future scenarios with leading specialists, payers, administrators, and technologists.
Linking Citizens and Open Data
Exploring and prototyping a workflow to teach citizens how to use open data in a meaningful way.
Exploring 2D and 3D methods of visualizing race data from the 2015 London Marathon. The video lives here.