About

The ODC Mission
Our mission is to act as a catalyst in organizations becoming design competent. Our team of design consultants and educators consists of international leaders in the design field with many years of experience working with diverse types of organizations, including business and government, at nearly every scale of enterprise. Our approach is to first gain an understanding of an organization's strengths in design competence and blockages to being design competent. We assist in transforming existing organizations into design competent organizations by establishing a design culture among the leadership and staff of the organization and enhancing their ability to apply a comprehensive design approach, which includes design thinking, design practice, professional development and development of design expertise.

The ODC team

Dr. Harold G. Nelson
 
Harold Nelson is the founder of the design consulting firm Harold Nelson, LLC, He is one of the co-founding Directors and President of the Advanced Design Institute and is a past-president and a trustee of the International Society for Systems Science. His Ph.D. is in Social Systems Design from UC Berkeley. He is a professional designer who has worked in the US and internationally as an architect, educator, researcher and consultant. He is a part time Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. In 2009-2010 he was the Nierenberg Distinguished Professor of Design, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University.
nelsongroup@cal.berkeley.edu. [website]
 
Dr. Erik Stolterman
 
Dr. Stolterman is Professor at the School of Informatics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. He received his Ph.D. in informatics at UmeĆ„ University, Sweden.  Stolterman's research interests have been directed towards design philosophy and theory as they relate to the practice of design, especially the skills and design abilities of the designer. As a consequence of this, his work is focused on the education and training of designers. Stolterman has published four books and large number of research papers. He is also the co-Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Interactions magazine. More information can be found at Transforming Grounds Erik Stolterman can be reached at estolter@gmail.com.