“I wanted to be the next James Dyson, come up with a brilliant product and get rich,” Lauren Currie laughs, when asked about her early design ambitions.


A trained product designer, she left university believing her path was set, before getting waylaid with what was, at the time, a fledgling concept: service design.


Since then, the Scottish designer has worked across fields as varied as healthcare to education to teams and culture, picking up an OBE for services to design and diversity along the way, but she says the red thread running throughout them all is clear: “I’ve learned in the last few years that my superpower is a bias towards action – I learn by doing. That’s why I put scrappy prototypes into the world – to constantly test what they might achieve.”


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