Power of Ten

On Power of Ten I talk to guests from a broad range of disciplines about the intersection of design, technology, psychology, organisations, culture and society. We explore how design operates at many levels and in many forms, from thoughtful detail through organisational transformation to the changes in society and the world. It’s based on the thinking across different levels of ‘zoom’, inspired by the famous Ray and Charles Eames film, Powers of Ten.

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May 8, 2021

Ariba Jahan - Diversity, Assumptioms and Structural Change

My guest in this episode is Ariba Jahan – also known as আরিবা – a biomechanical engineer turned innovation and design strategist focused on creating social impact and a future that is more accessible, intersectional and equitable.

Ariba is currently the Director of Innovation at the Ad Council, where she established the organization’s design innovation practice. As a member of the Ad Council’s DEI Council, she also leads efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at the organization.

Ariba spoke about her own journey into design, the assumptions often made in DEI initiatives, the need to ask not just “what new things can we …


March 25, 2021

Udhaya Padmanabhan - International man of design ops

My guest in this episode is Udhaya Kumar Padmanabhan – Udhay to his friends – a design leader, practitioner, coach, entrepreneur who has led design teams across the globe for over 23 years. He currently leads design delivery and DesOps at Designit ASEAN & SAARC.

He has been part of multiple successful acquisitions and exits including his own startup that built a patent pending multi-factor authentication system for transactional security. His expertise spans Design Leadership and Management, Strategy, Research, Service Design, Product Management, Front-end engineering, UX, CX, Design Delivery and Operations.

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February 19, 2021

Maurice Cherry – To Revision Path and beyond

My guest in this episode, recorded towards the end of 2020, is Maurice Cherry, founder and host of the award-winning Revision Path, a podcast that features black designers. It’s the first podcast to be added to the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

Maurice talks about his experience of growing up in Atlanta, getting into design and coding in the early days of the Web right the way through to starting Revision Path and his work as a Creative Strategist.


January 19, 2021

Daniel Stillman – designing conversations

My guest in this episode is conversation designer, Daniel Stillman, author of “Good Talk - How to Design Conversations That Matter.” We talk about his journey into design, the shape, structure and dynamics of conversations and how to facilitate them.


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December 20, 2020

Ryan Rumsey - Design Leadership and organisational transformation

My guest in this episode is Ryan Rumsey who has worked for 20+ years as an executive leader and a designer building technology, teams, and organizations. He has a hybrid background in interaction design, front-end development, product management, and strategy and has worked for the likes of Apple, Electronic Arts, USAA, Nestlé, and Comcast. He is also the author of Business Thinking for Designers, published by InVision.

We talk about Ryan’s journey into design from the early days of the web, business thinking and design leadership, the human side of organisation transformation, and the 1980 film masterpiece, Flash Gordon.

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December 2, 2020

Denise Jacobs – Banishing your inner critic

My guest in this episode is speaker, author and creativity evangelist, Founder + CEO of The Creative Dose, Denise Jacobs. Denise has spoken in 23 countries around the world, is a TEDx speaker, a LinkedIn Learning course creator, and is the author of Banish Your Inner Critic, the premier handbook on silencing fears to unleash creativity. She is currently working on her next book to help leaders and high-achievers overcome impostor syndrome.

We talk about the inner critic and imposter syndrome and how to tackle both of them to boost your creative life.

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November 13, 2020

Dr James Hollis – finding meaning and purpose in life

In this episode it is an enormous treat and honour for me to have as my guest, Dr James Hollis, a Washington D.C. based Jungian psychoanalyst and the author of sixteen books on finding meaning and purpose in life, especially the passage into what C.G. Jung called the “second half of life” that most of us go through somewhere between our late 30s and late 40s. I’ve drawn upon his work for many years, especially in my leadership coaching.

Dr. Hollis shares his wisdom on our relationship to work, how we move through the middle passage and into the second half of life, and how we find our true meaning and purpose.