I am a communications and design consultant. This involves coaching active learning and design thinking groups, as well as design strategy facilitation.

I work with creative thinkers and doers. I specialize in a group coaching method known as “active learning” that improves human interaction. Active learning helps people and organizations learn faster from daily experience.

Sharon VanderKaay DetroitBorn in Detroit and raised in Ann Arbor, I began thinking about how innovation actually happens when I studied design, architecture and art history at the University of Michigan. Now living in Toronto, I draw on my design thinking and active learning experience to work with professional service firms and their clients.

I also do research on places that improve our state of mind and make us feel better. Last year I made a video that captures some of my views on urban design. “Diagnose Your Habitat” was screened at film festivals in Toronto and Los Angeles.

I’m fascinated by natural (complex adaptive) systems as they relate to business. Over 40K people have viewed my “Biology of Business” slides.

And in 2012 I wrote a poem about Detroit that was the basis for a co-written song “What I See in the D.”

Here I am at the 2016 Ontario Association of Architects Conference:

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