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Paul Thurston

London, United Kingdom

Head of Design at Thinkpublic

Member since March 07, 2008


  • Win £30k of funding for your intergenerational idea

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    thinkpublic have been working with The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to develop a new approach to supporting social innovation projects. The first stage of this process is a call for ideas that is currently open for UK projects at www.intergenerationall.org and for Portuguese projects at www.entregeracoes.org.

    We are looking for innovative and dynamic intergenerational projects that deal with three key issues: Environment, Migration and Intercultural issues, and Isolation and Loneliness. If you have a great idea then your organisation could be awarded £30,000 of funding to make it happen.

    If you are successful in your funding application, thinkpublic will provide you with a package of design support, to help ensure your project has the biggest impact and amount of user involvement possible.

    Stage 1 of the call is open until 12 noon on Friday 26th March, ideas will then be shortlisted and invited to complete a more detailed application. If you would like to find out more about this fund, watch this video with Andrew Barnett, Director of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch).

  • Service Design Thinking Is Now Online

    Communication, Communication Design

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    An abridged version of the ‘Brief Guide to Service Design Thinking’ presentation myself and Nick Marsh have been working on is now online. This version is focused what it means for people interested in UX (it was delivered at the UX Brighton event in January).

    Amazingly, it’s only been up 24 hours and it’s already had over 500 views, been the most ‘tweeted’ presentation on SlideShare and made it onto the homepage.

    If you run an event and would like to discuss how ‘A Brief Guide To Service Design’ could be tailored to your audience, or you would like us to talk at your conference then please get in touch.

  • Designer Coppers & Raw Ideas

    Community, Communication Design

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    A few of my friends are police officers — they joined the service because they wanted to make a difference, make people safer, lock up criminals and do something important. But, whenever I speak to them about their jobs it’s always the negative aspects they focus on.

    During a recent conversation I decided to push the concerns of one friend further, fresh from reading Tim Brown’s Change by Design I asked myself “How can we make the local community safer and police officer’s interactions with residents better?” and re-connect him to why he joined the Police in the first place.

    Further discussion with other colleagues and friends who are members of the justice service uncovered some very similar themes. I spoke with magistrates, social workers and senior police officers who all identified four key areas — or design challenges:

    How can we…?

    1: Deliver a high-quality service with fewer resources 2: Manage tensions between police surveillance, data collection and public consent to this approach 3: Communicate the different roles and responsibilities within the police service 4: Engage with the local community using technology

    Obviously this isn’t a full design project and these are merely casual conversations, but the things that have really struck me over the past few months are how many ‘raw’ ideas people had for how these challenges could be addressed.

    A design process that employs observation, brainstorming and prototyping has the potential to addres...

  • New 2009 thinkpublic brand book

    Communication, Communication Design

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    The 2009 thinkpublic brand book is now available view on Issuu, you can view it here or you can order a good-old fashioned print version by emailing paul.thurston@thinkpublic.com

  • ‘What we learnt’ goes worldwide!

    Communication, Communication Design

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    We received an email all the way from Meena Kadri in New Zealand last week, by the sounds of it our ‘what i learnt last week’ reflection tools have been going down well!

    ———————— Just thought I’d send you through a few images of the weekly Learnings Initiative I started with one of the small advertising agency clients that I consult with all the way down here in New Zealand – inspired by your own learnings sheets posted on Flickr. I’ll be posting something about it on my blog in time, with due credit to your guys, but am just waiting for their site is re-launched in a month or so. Meanwhile I felt you’d enjoy a glimpse of your Antipodean influence!

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    The No To Knives Coalition has been tasked by the Prime Minister with initiating and enhancing campaign activities that change young people’s behaviour so that fewer young people carry knives and fewer fear them.

    thinkpublic were invited by Bebo, the social networking site and founding member of the Coalition, to run one of our famous Social Labs. The aim of the Lab was to “foster ideas that harness social media to affect behavior change”. Law enforcement agencies, youth violence policy makers, government officials, social media experts and community organisations attended the first event which was held today at Regent’s College in London. Outcomes from the Social Lab included a set of priority challenges, creative solutions for solving these challenges and scenarios for how they might look in the future.

    The thinkpublic Social Lab is a space for people to share ideas and design solutions to social challenges, if you would like to speak to someone about running a Social Lab with your organisation please email deborah@thinkpublic.com.

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    thinkpublic have been asked to conduct a large scale public engagement initative on the Cambridge Road and Cambridge Gardens Estates in Kingston. The PCT are keen to address a number of health inequalities that residents on the estate experience. Working in partnership with the PCT, Local Council, Community Groups and the Young Foundation, thinkpublic have led a number of activities that engage with local residents and involve them in the design of future health services on the estate.

    This week the thinkpublic team have been painting large public engagement messages around the Cambridge Road and Cambridge Gardens Estate in Kingston. Over the past two days we have conducted in-depth interviews, informal conversations and vox-pops with over 60 residents, and are looking forward to a co-design event with the community in July.

    The project has it’s own website www.youcankingston.com where you can keep track of everything that happens.

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    thinkpublic have been asked to conduct a large scale public engagement initative on the Cambridge Road and Cambridge Gardens Estates in Kingston. The PCT are keen to address a number of health inequalities that residents on the estate experience. Working in partnership with the PCT, Local Council, Community Groups and the Young Foundation, thinkpublic have led a number of activities that engage with local residents and involve them in the design of future health services on the estate.

    This week the thinkpublic team have been painting large public engagement messages around the Cambridge Road and Cambridge Gardens Estate in Kingston. Over the past two days we have conducted in-depth interviews, informal conversations and vox-pops with over 60 residents, and are looking forward to a co-design event with the community in July.

    The project has it’s own website www.youcankingston.com where you can keep track of everything that happens.

  • thinkpublic: social innovation and design film

    Community, Communication Design

    We have created this short film about what we do and how we do it. This compilation of our recent work and clients should give you a taste for what thinkpublic are about.

    If you would like to find out more about any of the work featured in this film please email us on: hello@thinkpublic.com

  • Nice Video about Entrepreneurs

    Communication, Communication Design

    This is a lovely little video about entrepreneurs. Take a look!

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design