Last ten years I worked with the Strategic Future Design Team of Philips Design, where I lead or participated in numerous projects for both Philips and external clients. I was trying to support design and innovation teams by sharing both information and inspiration, my knowledge about possible futures, social and cultural developments in different regions. My other role was to help to (hopefully) better understand people and their living in multiple contexts, and eventually involve people and designers in co-research and co-design. In addition to ‘normal’ business projects, I also participated in R&D programs, including Ambient Intelligence, Experience Design, and future-focused Design Probes. Over these ten years I managed to develop quite a few new tools and methods for people research, futures studies, and innovation design.
During last few years I has been increasingly exploring the potential of digital tools (of all sorts) in supporting the design process. This included multiple social web platforms, virtual worlds, multiplayer online games, and hybrid interactive and experiential environments. Centralasian (later truncated to Cea) is my nick-name in many online realms (and also a name of my first blog, which I started already in 2002. In addition to this more or less private blog, I try to maintain my more professional blog, Playing Futures.
I wrote a number research papers and book chapters [at some point I need to compile a list of those]. I also relatively frequently speak at various conferences and workshops. For three years I was teaching a course on ‘People and Societies Change for Design Process’ at the Department of Industrial Design, Technical University Eindhoven, and currently seek another teaching opportunity with a University or Design School.
Before joining Philips Design I worked with a few research institutions and business consultancies, including OMRI, GfK, Burson-Marsteller, and BRiF, the very first private social research agency in Central Asia (which I was also a co-fonder of). I studied Social Sciences (with a focus on transitional economies), Clinical Psychology and earlier in my life, Mathematics.