The Commons Campus Launching In March 2019
Leading coworking space operator The Commons is set to revolutionise design and technology education in Australia with the launch of The Commons Campus in early 2019.
With a vision to engage global experts to deliver its curriculum, the first course will see the company partner with one of the world’s best design schools, The New School’s Parsons School of Design, to educate participants on Design Thinking in a three-day bootcamp in February.
Seeing a need in the Australian market to move to new ways of working, every course by The Commons Campus will educate participants on the fundamental skills required to succeed in a technology-forward market.
Already, experts in creating strong office culture and delivering unique processes of working, The Commons Managing Director Cliff Ho said individuals and businesses need to continue educating themselves in an ever-changing market.
“Human-centred design and a focus on customer centric products have created a gap in the market that traditional educational providers can’t fill which now has led to a skill shortage in the modern workplace,” said Ho.
Choosing to partner with Parsons School of Design for the inaugural course at the The Commons Campus was a simple decision for Ho and his team with a seamless alignment of company values.
“When looking for a partner we were drawn to Parsons because their progressive thinking and educating their students really synchronises well with our vision for The Commons Campus.
“They are one of the best design schools in the world so following months of discussions we flew out to New York and met with the faculty, and aside from having incredible facilities, it was their futurist approach to education that really blew us away,” said Ho.
“The ‘new’ in The New School means that we are always looking ahead and looking for new partnerships that share our commitment to innovative education. We are pleased to partner with The Commons Campus as we expand our educational programming to a broader audience through executive education,” said David Van Zandt, The New School’s President.
The new venture will be led by Sebastian Astone formerly of BCG Digital Ventures and product development firm Anterior.
“I am excited to lead this new venture that will provide innovative new education products throughout the Australian market and future new territories. Partnering with The New School to deliver their design thinking boot camp is a great opportunity for The Commons Campus to provide the best in emerging design and education products.”
Throughout the course, participants will be provided with an education into design thinking, which can be defined as a problem-solving method or an exploratory process that involves an interdisciplinary synergy to create innovation in any industry.
The customized three-day boot camp is ideal for corporate executives, CEOs and leadership teams looking to employ non-traditional strategies towards problem solving and decision making. The immersive curriculum is tailored to help companies uncover comprehensive insights, trends, and opportunities that will generate strategic growth and empower a culture of innovation and creativity.
“We see design thinking as the fundamental building block to shaping a successful company, with this concept a natural stepping stone into the future curriculum to be rolled out at The Commons Campus,” said Ho.
Following the initial Design Thinking course, The Commons Campus-owned curriculum will be rolled out, covering four key areas including venture finance, strategic design, product management and creative technology.
Currently operating in Collingwood and South Melbourne, The Commons is set to launch into Sydney in the first quarter of 2019, with Cremorne and Melbourne CBD also in the pipeline.
Already home to 600 members including PayPal, Eventbrite, Venuemob, and the5th, the new offices are set to welcome another 1,500 members, further confirmation of the growing coworking trend in Australia.