The Insight to Action podcast’s latest episode is with innovator Simone Cicero who has created a platform design toolkit that supports business design. Platform design thinking enables ecosystem thinking and offers a holistic frame to scale faster and cheaper. Key point on the conversation follow:

Simone Cicero explains how platform design thinking enables self-organization giving it an edge over industrial models. The open source Platform Design Toolkit canvases allow you to:
• reduces the complexity of a problem
• gain the advantages of thinking of your business as a sotry
• switch the narrative to empowering ecosystem potential
• collaborate and compete in the same moment

In this conversation with host Dawna Jones Simone Cicero explains how the Platform Design Toolkit:
• Connects platform thinking to learning
• Connects with the existing world of design thinking
• The outcomes the five design canvases generate: transactional and relationship
• The spectrum from vision-prototype-validation and growth hacking
• How platform design help health, for example, achieve more by spending less
• How platforms accelerate scaling
• Two ways to innovate the business of your company.

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On the Platform Design Toolkit site you can download templates, user guides or book a master class.

Simone Cicero
Simone Cicero is a self-starter, strategist, product and service designer interested in co-design, design thinking and innovation. He sees the reasons underpinning change and connects the dots to design relevant and consistent strategies and products. A Lean and Agile practitioner with experience in adapting methodologies, Simone runs workshops for strategy co-creation, product and service design and more. Coaching and participated learning are true paths to innovation.

A blogger and public speaker, Simone speaks about innovation, disruption, resilience and ecosystems. Under the Meedabyte banner, Simone’s content has been featured on forward thinking magazines and blogs such as: Repubblica, Domus, Shareable, Ouishare Media, Les Echos,
Go to to download what you need to think through your platform.

Dawna Jones, host of the Insight to Action program, designs creative ways to get tough conversations and tasks accomplished. Her expertise lies in using personal and organizational energy for creative and constructive purposes, decision making in complexity and self-realized leadership. Follow me on Twitter or LinkedIN:

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The global and business issues we face today require full employee engagement and a different thinking. Dawna loves to work collaboratively to evolve and transform workplaces to be more ‘fit’, agile and inspiring. By shifting perspective to expose the invisible elements creating routine results, clients gain the strength and clarity needed to remove barriers to growth. Intelligent and intuitive insights strengthen leadership capacity to use complexity fluently and grow beyond the limitations of profit to achieve greater prosperity and value. To activate a quantum leap in leadership, Dawna started the Evolutionary Provocateur podcast in 2008. Author of Decision Making for Dummies, a speaker and a tad nomadic, Dawna is currently working on using Virtual and Augmented Reality to accelerate business culture change and human potential. An original thinker, she brings personal experience with resilience and transformation to her leadership.

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