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Jason "TOGA" Trew

I came to design via Stanford and IDEO, which I now understand to be akin to learning poetry through fill-in-blanks Mad Libs. Still, their commodified ‘Design Thinking’ was inspirational and insightful enough that I continued to explore the broader, more fundamental field of ‘design thinking.’ In various positions around Air University, I’ve found design to be useful as both a set of techniques for innovation (‘bending minds’ more so than ‘bending metal’) and as a professional identity.

My specific academic background is in strategic studies (MPhil from School of Advanced Air and Space Studies) and the history of technology (PhD from Auburn University). More practically, I facilitate workshops and create educational experiences for groups across the federal government, academia, and industry using a combination of design thinking, creative problem solving, and other techniques (including LEGO Serious Play and exercises learned from JSOU). My specific certifications include performance coaching, personal fitness trainer, Ironman triathlon coaching, IDEO U’s Foundations in Design Thinking, and running with scissors. I’m currently steeped in a research project and Air War College elective on the intersection of strategy, design, and play.

Reading List November 2022

by Jason “TOGA” Trew   Enthusiast 🟢 [READ – 4 Mins] Stories help ground the…

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Designfulness (Part II): Undisciplined by Design

Original post can be found here: Designfulness — inspired by the analogy of play…

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Designfulness (Part I): What if Design Thinking Isn’t Ultimately About Designing?

Original post can be found here: “We don’t meditate to get better at meditating;…

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Shooting for the Stars: Collaborative Design for Space Education

Original post can be found here: Abstract This paper demonstrates how the purposeful application…

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2021 SA Innovation Summit – Rescuing Icarus

Col Jason Trew shares his thoughts on how to encourage heroic innovators.

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