Think Series: Design Thinking Principles | July 29

There are many elements to human-centered design, including Design Thinking (the core methodology), Service Design (a variation that’s used in service settings), and Customer Journey Mapping (one of the key empathy-building methodologies). This rapidly-growing process of design is used in various forms by companies around the world, from large corporations to social enterprises, to nonprofits, in creating value for their customers and organizations.

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Philadelphia Business Journal: Ben Franklin Technology Partners uses additional funds to focus on ‘surviving and thriving’ firms during pandemic

Despite deploying additional funds to help businesses during the pandemic, the Philadelphia region’s most active seed fund still struggled to expand its total company portfolio, create jobs, and retain employees in 2020.

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Technically Philly: Employee ownership is a part of stakeholder capitalism. Here’s the case for it as a tool to lessen the racial wealth gap

We’re in the era of stakeholder capitalism.

Thinking has shifted about companies’ responsibilities to society. Now, it’s more generally believed, a company owes more to those affected by its work — customers, employees, suppliers, communities — than to its shareholders. Accordingly, employee ownership is emerging as part of the discussion on fulfilling those responsibilities.

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Technically Philly: Philly slipped to #26 among tech talent hotspots. But it’s still showing promising growth

More than year after the pandemic changed how professionals worked, the City of Brotherly Love is showing new signs of life. At the same time, though Philadelphia has slipped in the year-over-year rankings of national real estate services firm CBRE’s annual report on tech talent, steady growth is still happening in the market.

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