I am a learning culture and design strategy facilitator. I work with creative thinkers and doers. My group coaching method, known as “active learning,” improves the quality of human interaction. Active learning helps people and organizations develop expertise faster and make the most of their knowledge.

Sharon VanderKaay DetroitBorn in Detroit and raised in Ann Arbor, I studied design, architecture, art history and philosophy at the University of Michigan. I graduated from the College of Architecture and Design with a B.Sc. Design.

Now living in Toronto, I draw on my continuing studies and practical experience in design thinking and learning-in-action.

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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