Design Thinking Learning Lab

Design Thinking Learning Labs Training Programme 

How might we create AGILITY and EMPATHY in an organisation to continuously adapt, evolve and grow?

We help organisations develop empathic sensibilities in its people in order to deliver
innovative and impactful solutions. We facilitate creative and collaborative processes that challenge organisations’ assumptions about the world they exist in and the world they desire to create.

Using design thinking methods and tools, organisations learn how to explore, experiment, co-create strategies that help them compete in new ways, create new economic value and deliver customer delight.

Structure of Programme 

The Design Thinking learning labs is conducted in an action-learning workshop. Participants are encouraged to come in intact teams, with real business challenges on hand. 

3-Part Modular Programme with skills building workshops and project coaching – length and duration of programme can be customised based on the needs of the organisation. 

  • Intact Teams (of 2 or more) working on innovation projects OR
  • Individuals who are interested in learning how to integrate creative practices in their team, department or organisation’s business processes. 
  • Team members, Team leaders and Internal Innovation Teams

Contact us for enquiries.

Find out more about Sequoia’s Design Thinking Methodology below.

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Sustainability Institute’s
Centre for Positive Impact

The Centre for Positive Impact (CPI) is an extension of Sequoia’s intent to further our efforts in research, education and consultancy for Lasting Positive Impact—a mission of Sustainability Institute.

Founded by Sequoia in January 2008, Sustainability Institute is an actualisation of the Sequoia Story to help build sustainable long-term capacities in individuals, organisations and communities.

Our suite of capacity-building programmes is aimed at transferring Leadership & Organisation Development capabilities distilled from decades of practice in enabling transformational change at scale.

Centre for Positive Impact |X| Happiness Initiative

In line with its mission, the Centre for Positive Impact is delighted to support Happiness Initiative and the world’s first Happiness Film Festival in exploring different themes of happiness through films and post-screening dialogues. Taking place from 20 to 24 March 2019, the Happiness Film Festival will be held in Singapore at The Projector. Book your tickets now!

Discover Living O.D.

Contact Us to discover the Living O.D. approach through our programmes and open up new horizons with like-minded people who are passionate about co-creating healthier workplaces and communities.

Hope Possibilities Connection Community

Imagine Singapore is about creating hope and possibilities through conversations that matter. It is an effort to bring Singaporeans from all walks of life together to discover the true essence of our strengths, qualities, and spirit that have stood the test of time. It is the discovery of our communities’ hopes and aspirations; verbalised through active dialogues and engagements.

We believe that people grow in the direction of questions we most frequently ask ourselves. Positive images precede positive actions.

Through workshops using a simple and accessible approach of asking questions called Appreciative Inquiry, people conduct interviews that will help in expressing the hopes of our families, friends and neighbours living in Singapore.

We have experienced the ability of this approach to bring positive changes – the mere act of being asked these questions serves to deepen the quality of connection between people and strengthens every individual’s sense of hope for the future.

Read More

We have compiled a roadmap of inspirations and dreams for a journey we have envisioned together:

Introduction to Imagine Singapore

Part 1: Genesis, Purpose & Objectives
Part 2: Theories, Methods & Tools
Part 3: Introductory Video

Imagine Singapore Projects

“Age Unlimited”
What inspired the “Age Unlimited”
Video Story: Imagine Singapore Summit 090909

“Upturn the Downturn” 
Intro to the “Upturn the Downturn” Inquiry 
Video Story – Post Interview Sharing by Student

“Imagine Bishan-Toa Payoh” 
Intro to the “Imagine Bishan-Toa Payoh” Inquiry 
Summary of High Point Stories

Imagine Singapore with Sequioia

Appreciative Inquiry (AI): Certificate Programme

Sequoia, continuing our partnership with MOE since 2001, is proud to present the inaugural AI programme customised for the professional development of educators, principals and teachers nationwide. Click here for programme details.

How did the AI Programme come about? In June 2018, the International Positive Education Network (IPEN) held the World Positive Education Accelerator (WPEA) at Fort Worth, Texas, bringing together a landmark collaboration between  Martin Seligman (pioneer of the Positive Education and Positive Psychology movement) and David Cooperrider (founder of Appreciative Inquiry). Building on this Pos Ed milestone, in July 2018, the Singapore Positive Education Network was launched by Ms Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education.

Pos Ed enables every child to thrive, not just in terms of academic results but also in terms of character strengths and wellbeing. However, the successful implementation of Pos Ed in any school depends on the existence of a Positive Institutional Culture. The practice of Appreciative Inquiry is one of the ways to create the ideal condition for Pos Ed to flourish.

Programme Synopsis: Comprising of both coursework and fieldwork, this AI programme provides educators with in-depth and hands-on training to develop new capabilities such as applying AI methodologies to be more engaging and stimulate positive learning at the interpersonal as well as stakeholder student-teacher and organisational levels.
In this programme, participating educators who complete the foundations course (part I) and their field project (part II) will be eligible to attend the Capstone Module (part III) to receive a certificate jointly issued by the David Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry and the Sequoia Group.

Registration is now open until 15 February 2019. Register now!


[Download the AI Educators brochure PDF ]

Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner Certificate Programme

We partner with the David Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry, Champlain College to bring you the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Certificate Foundations & Capstone Programme. It is the flagship programme for AI practitioners’ certification that provides an in-depth and hands-on training for you to be an independent practitioner of AI in your work and your organisation. AI is a social constructivist approach to change for discovering the best in people, their organisations, and to enable change at the scale of the whole.

In its broadest focus, Appreciative Inquiry involves the systematic discovery of what gives “life” to a living system when it is most alive, most effective, and most capable in economic, ecological, and human terms.  At the heart of AI is the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a system’s capacity to understand, anticipate, and heighten positive potential.  Guided by the Principles of Appreciative Inquiry, the process typically involves the four stages of Discover, Dream, Design & Destiny, with an affirmative topic as the focal point.

Through a combination of coursework and fieldwork, participants will learn how and why Appreciative Inquiry works, explore the power of questions to seed positive change in any situation, and discover how to engage others in the change process for lasting results. 

Who may benefit:
  • Organisation Development Practitioners facilitating transformation efforts
  • Leaders keen to learn about strengths-based change
  • Internal Facilitators and Coaches keen to deepen capacity to frame and design inquiry that transforms.

Structure of Programme

  • Part 1:   AI Foundations Programme (3 days) Dates: to be announced

Additional components for those pursuing the full AI Practitioner’s Certificate:

  • Part 2a:  Guided applications to an AI Field Project* of your choice over a 3 month period
  • Part 2b:  AI Capstone Programme* (3 days)  Dates: to be announced

*For Part 2a and Part 2b, attendance of the Foundations Programme is a prerequisite.

Interested to find out more? Contact us to speak to our programme manager. [Download feature choice article written by Jacqueline Wong PDF ]

Design Thinking Learning Lab

Design Thinking Learning Labs Training Programme 

How might we create AGILITY and EMPATHY in an organisation to continuously adapt, evolve and grow?

We help organisations develop empathic sensibilities in its people in order to deliver
innovative and impactful solutions. We facilitate creative and collaborative processes that challenge organisations’ assumptions about the world they exist in and the world they desire to create.

Using design thinking methods and tools, organisations learn how to explore, experiment, co-create strategies that help them compete in new ways, create new economic value and deliver customer delight.

Structure of Programme 

The Design Thinking learning labs is conducted in an action-learning workshop. Participants are encouraged to come in intact teams, with real business challenges on hand. 

3-Part Modular Programme with skills building workshops and project coaching – length and duration of programme can be customised based on the needs of the organisation. 

  • Intact Teams (of 2 or more) working on innovation projects OR
  • Individuals who are interested in learning how to integrate creative practices in their team, department or organisation’s business processes. 
  • Team members, Team leaders and Internal Innovation Teams

Contact us for enquiries.

Find out more about Sequoia’s Design Thinking Methodology below.

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Art of Hosting & Participatory Leadership

Art of Hosting was born out of the need to relook at the way human beings connect with each other and approach complex problems.

The concept is to shift from the frame of the leader as a “hero” to that of a leader as a “host” (Margaret Wheatley). It encompasses a range of facilitation methodologies that delivers the leader to:

  • Enable open and meaningful conversations
  • Maximise collective wisdom
  • Invite diverse viewpoints
  • Transform conflict into cooperation

Art of Hosting

These processes hinge on a fourfold practice of being present (pre-sensing), engaging in conversations (participating), hosting conversations (contributing) and becoming a community of practice (co-creating).

Structure of Programme

Conducted as a 3-day experiential learning programme, it covers the principles of:

  • process design
  • chaordic (chaotic and orderly) stepping stones
  • various dialogic methods of engagement
  • harvesting and visual recording

Contact us to speak to our programme manager.

Education for Sustainability

Education for Sustainability with Jaimie Cloud 

On 1 Feb 2021, Parliament declared climate change as a “global emergency and threat to mankind”, calling on Singapore to “deepen and accelerate efforts to embrace sustainability”. We believe that schools and educators play a vital role in inspiring and creating a healthy, secure and sustainable future for all.

The Sustainability Institute is proud to invite you to a webinar by Jaimie Cloud, a global educator and pioneer of Education for Sustainability (EfS). Jaimie will be speaking about her decades of experience bringing sustainability into schools, governments and civic organisations and the role of educators in inspiring systemic change. 

Sign up here!

COVID-19 Synthetron Conversation

A Synthetron Conversation Hosted by Sustainability Institute – COVID-19: A Day In My Life 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an extraordinary disruption across all sectors of society; overturning many existing ways of being, doing and thinking. As a result, young people across the globe face a more uncertain and unpredictable future ahead. In order to navigate the way forward, it is crucial to understand the reality of voices on the ground by getting in touch with what young people are thinking, feeling and experiencing in these times. What are their fears, challenges, worries and anxieties for what’s ahead? What are their sources of joy, hope, learning and possibilities? 

Using Synthetron, an anonymous crowd-sourcing platform built for real-time, online dialogues, we intend to facilitate conversations with two groups of youths a) Students and b) Working Adults, to better understand sentiments on the ground, and shape our collective response in this trying times.

The purpose of this conversation is three-fold —

  1. Grasp in-depth insights on how youths are feeling and thinking about the world they live in
  2. Understand emerging needs for youths as they navigate the post-pandemic future
  3. Engage youths as co-creators of their emerging future, while allowing them to feel heard and listened to

It is our hope that through focused, engaging conversations such as these, we can lend a voice to diverse youth perspectives and encourage them to play a part in shaping our collective response. 

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Click here to register for the conversation

For more information on how the Synthetron platform works, please watch this short video

Should you like a Synthetron-moderated conversation for your team or organization, contact us to find out more. 

Centre for Positive Impact x Happiness Initiative

Sustainability Institute’s
Centre for Positive Impact

The Centre for Positive Impact (CPI) is an extension of Sequoia’s intent to further our efforts in research, education and consultancy for Lasting Positive Impact—a mission of Sustainability Institute.

Founded by Sequoia in January 2008, Sustainability Institute is an actualisation of the Sequoia Story to help build sustainable long-term capacities in individuals, organisations and communities.

Our suite of capacity-building programmes is aimed at transferring Leadership & Organisation Development capabilities distilled from decades of practice in enabling transformational change at scale.

Centre for Positive Impact |X| Happiness Initiative

In line with its mission, the Centre for Positive Impact is delighted to support Happiness Initiative and the world’s first Happiness Film Festival in exploring different themes of happiness through films and post-screening dialogues. Taking place from 20 to 24 March 2019, the Happiness Film Festival will be held in Singapore at The Projector. Book your tickets now!

Discover Living O.D.

Contact Us to discover the Living O.D. approach through our programmes and open up new horizons with like-minded people who are passionate about co-creating healthier workplaces and communities.

Imagine Singapore
Hope Possibilities Connection Community

Imagine Singapore is about creating hope and possibilities through conversations that matter. It is an effort to bring Singaporeans from all walks of life together to discover the true essence of our strengths, qualities, and spirit that have stood the test of time. It is the discovery of our communities’ hopes and aspirations; verbalised through active dialogues and engagements.

We believe that people grow in the direction of questions we most frequently ask ourselves. Positive images precede positive actions.

Through workshops using a simple and accessible approach of asking questions called Appreciative Inquiry, people conduct interviews that will help in expressing the hopes of our families, friends and neighbours living in Singapore.

We have experienced the ability of this approach to bring positive changes – the mere act of being asked these questions serves to deepen the quality of connection between people and strengthens every individual’s sense of hope for the future.

Read More

We have compiled a roadmap of inspirations and dreams for a journey we have envisioned together:

Introduction to Imagine Singapore

Part 1: Genesis, Purpose & Objectives
Part 2: Theories, Methods & Tools
Part 3: Introductory Video

Imagine Singapore Projects

“Age Unlimited”
What inspired the “Age Unlimited”
Video Story: Imagine Singapore Summit 090909

“Upturn the Downturn” 
Intro to the “Upturn the Downturn” Inquiry 
Video Story – Post Interview Sharing by Student

“Imagine Bishan-Toa Payoh” 
Intro to the “Imagine Bishan-Toa Payoh” Inquiry 
Summary of High Point Stories

Imagine Singapore with Sequioia

Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry (AI): Certificate Programme

Sequoia, continuing our partnership with MOE since 2001, is proud to present the inaugural AI programme customised for the professional development of educators, principals and teachers nationwide. Click here for programme details.

How did the AI Programme come about? In June 2018, the International Positive Education Network (IPEN) held the World Positive Education Accelerator (WPEA) at Fort Worth, Texas, bringing together a landmark collaboration between  Martin Seligman (pioneer of the Positive Education and Positive Psychology movement) and David Cooperrider (founder of Appreciative Inquiry). Building on this Pos Ed milestone, in July 2018, the Singapore Positive Education Network was launched by Ms Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education.

Pos Ed enables every child to thrive, not just in terms of academic results but also in terms of character strengths and wellbeing. However, the successful implementation of Pos Ed in any school depends on the existence of a Positive Institutional Culture. The practice of Appreciative Inquiry is one of the ways to create the ideal condition for Pos Ed to flourish.

Programme Synopsis: Comprising of both coursework and fieldwork, this AI programme provides educators with in-depth and hands-on training to develop new capabilities such as applying AI methodologies to be more engaging and stimulate positive learning at the interpersonal as well as stakeholder student-teacher and organisational levels.
In this programme, participating educators who complete the foundations course (part I) and their field project (part II) will be eligible to attend the Capstone Module (part III) to receive a certificate jointly issued by the David Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry and the Sequoia Group.

Registration is now open until 15 February 2019. Register now!


[Download the AI Educators brochure PDF ]

Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner Certificate Programme

We partner with the David Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry, Champlain College to bring you the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Certificate Foundations & Capstone Programme. It is the flagship programme for AI practitioners’ certification that provides an in-depth and hands-on training for you to be an independent practitioner of AI in your work and your organisation. AI is a social constructivist approach to change for discovering the best in people, their organisations, and to enable change at the scale of the whole.

In its broadest focus, Appreciative Inquiry involves the systematic discovery of what gives “life” to a living system when it is most alive, most effective, and most capable in economic, ecological, and human terms.  At the heart of AI is the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a system’s capacity to understand, anticipate, and heighten positive potential.  Guided by the Principles of Appreciative Inquiry, the process typically involves the four stages of Discover, Dream, Design & Destiny, with an affirmative topic as the focal point.

Through a combination of coursework and fieldwork, participants will learn how and why Appreciative Inquiry works, explore the power of questions to seed positive change in any situation, and discover how to engage others in the change process for lasting results. 

Who may benefit:
  • Organisation Development Practitioners facilitating transformation efforts
  • Leaders keen to learn about strengths-based change
  • Internal Facilitators and Coaches keen to deepen capacity to frame and design inquiry that transforms.

Structure of Programme

  • Part 1:   AI Foundations Programme (3 days) Dates: to be announced

Additional components for those pursuing the full AI Practitioner’s Certificate:

  • Part 2a:  Guided applications to an AI Field Project* of your choice over a 3 month period
  • Part 2b:  AI Capstone Programme* (3 days)  Dates: to be announced

*For Part 2a and Part 2b, attendance of the Foundations Programme is a prerequisite.

Interested to find out more? Contact us to speak to our programme manager. [Download feature choice article written by Jacqueline Wong PDF ]