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Make it Happen Workshop: Learn How to Start and Grow Your Side Hustle

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This full-day, design thinking workshop will inspire, empower and develop your creative confidence to start your side hustle, get a new idea off the ground at work or start a new business.

In this workshop, you will learn how to explore the possibility of innovation and catalyse a new idea into potential new products and services and sustainability initiatives Fishburners. Participants will gain a practical understanding of Human-Centred Design, and key methods that can support collaborative problem-solving and innovation. With a "method -> mechanics -> try it" approach, participants will be able to learn and use the tools to reinforce what they've learned and work in small groups to define and empathise, design and deliver a pitch and rapid prototype.

Key Takeaways 

- Understand what is Design Thinking and why it matters

- What business and personal benefits are there in using HCD

- Behaviours that support creative problem solving and innovation

- Learn HCD tools for a practical understanding and use of the methodology

- Inspiration to "Make It Happen" - bring you closer to making your idea reality

About the Facilitator

John is an accomplished leader and facilitator of design-thinking led products, services and experiences. In his 15+ years in this field, John has led AMP's Human-Centred Design practitioner program, where, as a certified LUMA Institute instructor he has coached more than 1,000 people and dozens of teams in HCD, and is certified in Agile, Lean and Six Sigma methodologies.

A native New Yorker who has lived in Sydney for 20 years, John has built expertise in financial services, insurance, banking, manufacturing, consulting and commercial property management in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, Switzerland and the USA. John has helped clients and worked at companies including UBS, AMP, Commonwealth Bank, Accenture, SCOR, Bartter Steggles and Cushman & Wakefield.

John has been a judge for AMP’s Tomorrow Fund and for entrepreneurial students at Macquarie University; he has been a panellist speaker at Coca Cola Amatil's Innovation Day and is a startup hub lunch and learn contributor and startup mentor in HCD in Sydney.

John's focus is on the practical delivery and use of his know-how and is passionate about sharing his capabilities with others to help them succeed.


How to Find Us/Housekeeping

If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend our physical event. Tune in virtually instead!**Please note photos may be taken during the event. If you wish to opt-out, please let one of our staff members know or email for any other concerns. Go directly up to Level 2 of the Sydney Startup Hub and come into the event space. Limited places available so registration is essential.

About Fishburners

Fishburners is much more than a coworking space. We are a not for profit, passionate community of 300+ scalable tech startups that only exists thanks to our amazing sponsors - Google for Startups, UTS, Chartered Accountants, and Jobs for NSW. We are dedicated to inspiring and helping startups get started, grow and succeed. Our goal is to make the hardest thing you’ve ever done easier! We do this through our different memberships which provide the facilities, resources, learning and development, mentoring, and connections that you need for your idea to come to life and flourish. We also open our doors and host some of the largest, regular events in the Australian startup ecosystem, including our bi-weekly lunch & learn workshops, and Shark Tank-style, Friday night pitches. Member or not, you're welcome to attend and/or get involved! Any questions about memberships or events, please feel free to email

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