• 'For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them'. Aristotle

    The XDs is a not-for-profit, specialist network of dreamers, thinkers and makers who are driven by a desire to promote human flourishing, extend learning, generate more meaning and deliver social benefits.

    The XDs collaborate with end users, public and private organisations to run projects that have problem solving, prototyping, play and learning by doing at their heart.

    Projects tend to be at the interface of science, emerging technology, design and the arts, and tend to explore questions linked to health and wellbeing, culture and society.

    Projects also prioritise working with end users to generate insight and make new, more meaningful, human-centred products, services and experiences.

    Specialists from diverse disciplines
    XD members are specialists drawn from a mix of disciplines. These include psychology, user experience and interaction design, strategy, film and art, software development, Ai, data science, anthropology, visual design, physics, architecture, engineering and philosophy.

    Business collaborators
    Accenture, Barclays, VEInteractive, Fundsurfer, Dictum (San Francisco), Havas Media, AXA and Ash Sakula.

    Not-for profit collaborators
    The Royal College of Nursing, the Southbank, Body and Soul (charity), Essex Coalition for Disabled People (charity), Digital Catapult and the Design Business Association (DBA).

    University collaborators
    City University, Central Saint Martins/ UAL, Loughborough University, Royal College of Art and Oxford Brookes.

    So far, several hundred people have participated in XDs workshops. These have been run in the UK, the States, Denmark and Germany.

    If you're interested in joining or out more Connect.