Change is in the Making

Domain7's podcast on creating purposeful digital change.

Episode 3: "Revisiting Design Thinking" with Design Director Stanley Lai

In our third episode, Domain7's Design Director Stanly Lai joins us to discuss the past, present and future of Design Thinking. 

With a rich background as a design practitioner, team leader and seasoned facilitator, Stan brings his unique voice to the questions of why design thinking has caught on as an essential business toolset, as well as delving into some of the current arguments against the practice. If you're asking "does design thinking matter?" this episode's for you. 

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Episode guest: Stanley Lai

As a Design Director for Domain7, Stanley Lai works with diverse clients across industries to understand how design and digital can transform the way they do business. He believes strongly in what he terms "consequential design"—design's ability to transform society for the better. 

Alongside his speaking schedule, Stan works with teams to facilitate and teach design approaches that build better cultures and more effective organizations. 

Stan's been a sergeant in the Singapore Armed Forces, a designer at Olgivy and Mather, and has done award-winning design work for startups and tech firms, from Asia Pacific to the UK to Vancouver. He’s currently taking his Masters of Strategic Design and Management at Parson’s School of Design, The New School. 



Kevan Gilbert

Domain7's Director of Engagement Strategy, Kevan brings wisdom from over a decade of experience leading award-winning digital strategies for a wide variety of institutions and businesses. A seasoned and engaging facilitator and speaker who has been with Domain7 since 2010, Kevan has helped shape our collaborative and people-centric culture. He's studied design thinking and innovation processes at the THNK School of Creative Leadership.


Veronica Collins

Veronica coordinates and co-creates Domain7's content, exploring themes around digital making and human flourishing. A creative leader with rich experience in brand and storytelling for tech, social purpose, and higher education, Veronica enjoys cultivating a deeper understanding of how contemporary technologies can aid and support healthy human connection and create new spaces for meaning to emerge.

Likeminded links and resources

A Design Thinking Toolkit: a curated collection of resources and tips from the Domain7 team.

How to Become a Design Thinking Advocate Part 1,2 & 3 by Stanley Lai

Why Design Thinking Makes Business Sense by Stanley Lai

The Co-Design Workshop: the Pocket Facilitator's Guide by Kevan Gilbert


"My job is to create the platform for all of these people of different backgrounds come in and be able to participate. That need for professional designers—none of that is going to go away. That will only grow with a growing appreciation for how we craft things and how we put things together. But there is also this new role and this new dimension of what design means...the creation of that kind of protected contextual space where we invite other people in to participate in the work of design."

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About the podcast

Change is in the Making is Domain7's podcast about all things digital, explored through the lens of purposeful change. Together with our teammates and thoughtful external voices, we'll be delving into how to create meaningful change from a business standpoint, and a human perspective. We'll be discussing themes of digital transformation, empathy, culture-building and connection-making, tackling the complex challenges we face as digital makers...and simply as human beings in this moment in time. 

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