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Patrick Bek's role at STEAMHOUSE

Patrick Bek on collaboration

Patrick Bek's STEAMhouse goals

The STEAMlabs challenge

Patrick Bek's essential items

A fact about Patrick Bek

Patrick Bek's ideal STEAMlabs delegate

I’m a designer and entrepreneur.

I’m passionate about merging creativity and commerciality to build products and services that help tackle social problems.

I like making sense of things.

I grew up in Erdington, Birmingham before studying a BA in Product and Furniture Design down in High Wycombe. This led me to London where I settled for 19 years. During that time I worked as a furniture and lighting designer before launching my own consumer product brand in 2009. After 9 years at the helm I decided to up-sticks and study an MA in Innovation Management at Central St Martins. More recently I’ve worked in social design and innovation using a variety of participatory research and design methods to build products and services that aim to have equal amounts of user, financial and social value.

 

My role is to design and deliver our Challenge Route programme. Through our STEAMlabs participatory workshops, we bring together a variety of practitioners from the arts, academia and industry to help solve big problems by forging new collaborations and creating the seeds of innovative ideas. STEAMhouse then helps to cultivate these ideas by guiding collaborators on a journey of product development, prototyping and commercialisation.

It’s all about being open, accepting vulnerability and embracing uncertainty. Be honest about what you’re not so good at and be willing to give things a go – fail, learn and get better together!

We often don’t understand the true extent of the problems we’re working on. We live in an increasingly complex world which is impossible to understand fully but we can get better at finding the right problems to address, if we work (well) together.

Help innovators understand the system before thinking of the product – encourage focus and promote relevance.

How might we make relationships the central operating principle in design projects? Nothing gets made if relationships are broken (inspired by David Robinson of The Relationships Project).

My notepad. My memory isn’t what it used to be.

I have no sense of smell.

Grayson Perry.

About Patrick Bek

I’m a designer and entrepreneur.

I’m passionate about merging creativity and commerciality to build products and services that help tackle social problems.

I like making sense of things.

Patrick Bek's background

I grew up in Erdington, Birmingham before studying a BA in Product and Furniture Design down in High Wycombe. This led me to London where I settled for 19 years. During that time I worked as a furniture and lighting designer before launching my own consumer product brand in 2009. After 9 years at the helm I decided to up-sticks and study an MA in Innovation Management at Central St Martins. More recently I’ve worked in social design and innovation using a variety of participatory research and design methods to build products and services that aim to have equal amounts of user, financial and social value.

 

Patrick Bek's role at STEAMHOUSE

My role is to design and deliver our Challenge Route programme. Through our STEAMlabs participatory workshops, we bring together a variety of practitioners from the arts, academia and industry to help solve big problems by forging new collaborations and creating the seeds of innovative ideas. STEAMhouse then helps to cultivate these ideas by guiding collaborators on a journey of product development, prototyping and commercialisation.

Patrick Bek on collaboration

It’s all about being open, accepting vulnerability and embracing uncertainty. Be honest about what you’re not so good at and be willing to give things a go – fail, learn and get better together!

We often don’t understand the true extent of the problems we’re working on. We live in an increasingly complex world which is impossible to understand fully but we can get better at finding the right problems to address, if we work (well) together.

Patrick Bek's STEAMhouse goals

Help innovators understand the system before thinking of the product – encourage focus and promote relevance.

The STEAMlabs challenge

How might we make relationships the central operating principle in design projects? Nothing gets made if relationships are broken (inspired by David Robinson of The Relationships Project).

Patrick Bek's essential items

My notepad. My memory isn’t what it used to be.

A fact about Patrick Bek

I have no sense of smell.

Patrick Bek's ideal STEAMlabs delegate

Grayson Perry.