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CauseLabs CEO Named ‘Great Women of Texas’ Honoree

CauseLabs CEO Sheryle Gillihan was named one of 2022’s Great Women of Texas. Gillihan received the honor last month from The Fort Worth Business Press. Honorees are selected for their professional accomplishments and community service in Texas and beyond. Gillihan said she gives back to the community by volunteering her time and professional talents and …

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How to Build a Better Resource Site

Socks strewn about your home are more difficult to find than those paired nicely in a drawer. Likewise, knowing how to build a better resource site for your organization can save your audience from chaos when seeking information. Having a well-constructed resource site is like providing your audience with an orderly sock drawer filled with …

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Week 1: Problem Immersion + Drawing Board

This week we’ll dig into the first of two sessions that we call Drawing Boards. In large part they’re exactly what they sound like: a starting place to gather the team and set the focus, built initially around the Problem Statement draft, and a place to keep referring to as the process progresses.

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The 4-Week Guide for Digital Innovation

We’re here to help real people like you more easily understand what it takes to build innovative digital tools by doing a few simple things like putting people first, allowing space for collaboration, staying close to those experiencing the problems, and exploring new ways to generate ideas.

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Problem Statements in Digital Innovation: The Importance of Asking the Right Question

It all starts with a problem. We’ve found it’s amazingly helpful to have a single statement that represents the nature of the problem, who’s experiencing it, and why it’s so important to solve. We have a simple template you can use, inspired by the ongoing work we do with our friends at IDEO.org.

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Two innovation hacks you can implement immediately

My friend’s forehead was creased, his consternation visible at the intersection of his caved-in eyebrows. “I have to get out of this building to innovate. I can’t do it here. The technology, the dress code, the culture. It can’t get us where we need to go, and even if it could, it wouldn’t do it fast enough.”

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How a simple list of emergent themes can save you time and money in digital innovation work

Emergent Themes tries to draw signal from all the beautiful innovation noise, that flurry of empathetic activity that characterizes innovation. Most importantly, these plain-language terms help us have a conversation to answer a key question: “What piece of this problem should we focus on first as we start prototyping?

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One discipline that can make or break a healthy start to your digital innovation project

Let’s talk about why empathy is a crucial part of any healthy digital innovation process.

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