CM 003: Bernie Roth on How to Design a Life

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Curious Minds Bernard RothBernie Roth is a Professor of Engineering and the Academic Director and Co-founder of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the at Stanford University. A leader of international workshops on creativity and design thinking, Bernie is the author of the book, The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life.

Bernie talks about what it means to apply design principles to create a life well lived. His focus is on personal transformation and empowerment.

Things you will learn in this episode include:

  • the importance of how we see the world
  • the danger of having a reason for doing something
  • how a bias toward action can overcome fear
  • the answer to what is holding us back from learning, changing, and growing
  • how methods for reframing and asking good questions can help us figure out the actual problems we are trying to solve
  • ways to get unstuck
  • how the language we use can empower or disempower us
  • how teams and collaboration help us relate differently to one another and our work
  • the shift of design thinking from object-centered to human-centered
  • the origins and focus of his popular Designer in Society course for the
  • how much physical space influences our mindsets, our relationships, and the ways we work and collaborate

Bernie also talks about how his work has changed the way he teaches. He is always striving to find ways to empower his students.

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Books Mentioned

Improv Wisdom by Patricia Ryan Madson

Make Space by Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft

Miscellaneous Mentioned

Designer in Society course

The Human Potential Movement

The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O’Neill

Thank you to Clark Nowlin for his sound engineering and to Emmy-award-winning Creative Director Vanida Vae for creating the Curious Minds logo

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  1. Olympia Cianfichi on October 20, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Really enjoyed what Bernie Roth had to say and how his opinions can be applied to many areas of life. Fantastic interview, Gayle!

  2. Gayle on October 20, 2015 at 9:20 am

    So glad you enjoyed it, Lee! He is a wise man.