“Dorenda’s depth of experience and insights regarding innovation processes, alongside her evolutions of design-based thinking into a values-based design framework is invaluable to our early-stage student founders. Dorenda speaks with passion, wisdom, and conviction, providing students with the principles of diversity and inclusion, as a base of exploring complex problems, helping to refine solutions that align with purpose and create value”

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Pete HowardStudent Innovation Lead, UCE

“The food-agricultural industry is facing potential disruption on an unprecedented scale.  This requires us to rethink why people buy our products and to understand what attributes they truly value.  

The Design Thinking course is a brilliant introduction to the design process; practical, interesting and powerfully delivered by an experienced practitioner. I believe that it is crucial that our agribusiness sector is exposed to this thinking to help prepare us for the challenges that lie ahead”

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Craig OsbornePGG Wrightson

“I am an environmental scientist and I spend my time grappling with complex and conflict-laden issues such as how to manage land and water to achieve social, cultural economic and environmental outcomes. This type of research demands an integrated research approach, within which both science thinking, multiple knowledge bases and systems thinking are important.

What Dorenda’s design thinking workshop brought to my work (and has the potential to bring to a wider research audience) is to help build on the ‘what was’ and ‘what is’ of systems thinking, to include the ‘what could be’ – an essential element of tackling our most entrenched environmental issues.”

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Melissa Robson-WilliamsManaaki Whenua Landcare Research

“Dorenda Britten ran a workshop for students participating at the UC Innovators’ Summer Start-Up Programme at the University of Canterbury. The students were working on a range of ventures covering both for-profit and social enterprises. The intent of the workshop was to encourage the students to be more aware of the needs of society, the environment as well as financial return. Dorenda was very engaging from the beginning to the end of the workshop. From the start she had the students involved in a variety of “hands-on” activities. Throughout the workshop, she encouraged discussion and ensured that everyone participated.. I would recommend Dorenda for providing an innovative and engaging workshop on Design Thinking.”

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Dr Rachel WrightOperations Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship College of Business and Law

“Tokona Te Ao really enjoyed Dorenda’s “Designing Solutions” workshop. It was both stimulating and fun and as a team, we appreciated the highly relevant content.”

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Mark RevvingtonNgai Tahu

“We were fortunate enough to recruit the services of Dorenda Britten from the Britten Institute. Dorenda did a superb job of facilitating our two-day offsite technical think tank session Not only was Dorenda able to tactfully facilitate, she also introduced thought-provoking ideas and tools to assist us in our journey. I would highly recommend Dorenda to those seeking a facilitator for sessions where results matter.”

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