Uday Dandavate: SonicRim’s CEO on Poetry, Design Activism and Creativity [Podcast Ep. #20]

August 4, 2020

by Ravi Raman

“Every human being has the ability to transcend their reality, think constructively and imagine a different future.”

~ Uday Dandavate

Uday Dandavate joins me for this podcast to discuss his new book of poetry “a window for a home without walls”, the importance of collaborative innovation, and why design activism – not design thinking – is needed now more than ever.

Uday has had a long career at the intersection of design, innovation, and technology; as the CEO of SonicRim, a firm that has supported creative initiatives at leading companies such as Google, Microsoft, and eBay. I partnered with SonicRim over 10 years ago during my career at Microsoft to explore consumer needs and trends in support of product innovation. It was nice to catch up after so many years to discuss how we can apply a design activist mindset to today’s pressing leadership issues. By the way, even if you aren’t a reader of poetry, I think you will find his book of poems both thought-provoking and inspiring.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • Skills every designer needs
  • Writing a book can be a fun and playful act
  • Value of having the right questions, not the right answers
  • Listening to inner wisdom
  • Fearlessness as a way to see the world objectively
  • Being authentic in business
  • What the pandemic is teaching us about leadership
  • Moving beyond design thinking to design activism
  • Comics as a storytelling vehicle
  • What leaders can do to unlock creativity
  • …and much more!

Connect with Uday:

SonicRim.com

Uday’s blog on Medium.com

Listen:

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Mentioned during our conversation:

Uday’s blogs relating to our conversation:

Reclaiming the authenticity of the language we cry in

The six frames

Design Activism

Reimagining the Future

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