Dianne is Director of The Tourism CoLab. Originally trained as an environmental and urban planner, her early career focused on tourism, planning and policy projects in Queensland. She has spent the last 25 years gathering a wealth of experience in Australia, Canada, Mexico, China and Europe. She holds guest professorships at Lund University, Sweden and Federation University, Australia and has provided policy analysis and advice on digitalisation and collaborative economy to international organisations such as the OECD and the European Commission. She is a creative systems thinker, and her expertise includes planning, policy analysis, organisational design, place activation, design, community engagement, and education.
About the course
How to use design thinking to facilitate regenerative, inclusive and transformational change in tourism.
Regenerative tourism aims to restore the balance between nature and humanity by connecting us more deeply to the sources of our own well-being, creativity and flourishing.
It signals an approach grounded in human and planetary values (It's holistic and values-based).
It gives back more than it takes (It is restorative and regenerative).
It gives nature and communities equal voice ‘at the table’ (It acknowledges the right to be heard.)
It restores people, places, and planet. (It expands who and what should benefit from tourism; it's redistributive.)
It expresses an aspiration that combines the need to reconnect, restore and rebalance what we perceive as broken with a deep belief in the transformative power of travel to deliver good (It signals a much-needed reset or correction).
It seeks to do no harm. (It acknowledges human and planetary responsibilities.)
In this course, we explore regenerative tourism and why it is important to place communities and nature alongside the economy in decision-making. It integrates perspectives beyond tourism, and it requires that we listen deeply and lean in to an emerging, shared future.
This course is an introduction to the journey ahead, the courage needed, and the skills you will need.
Explore regenerative tourism, the theory, the mindset and its application.
Develop an appreciation for design thinking and intentional integrated design for tourism.
Develop an understanding of your blinkers, blind spots and how to break free.
Develop practical understandings of design thinking tools and methods.
The course runs over 10 weeks, requires approximately 20 hours of your time and includes:
5 x online learning modules
5 x 2hr learning circles (zoom webinars, videos, course notes).
5 x 1.5hr Colab thinking, sharing and reflection sessions.
Access to The Tourism Colab's membership community (6 months).
Who is this course for?
...and yes, we can teach old dogs new tricks!
This course is for anyone who wants to know what is on the horizon, how to think and frame tourism challenges differently, and who wants to meet other like-minded change-makers who believe tourism can deliver purposeful, transformative and regenerative futures.
If you belong to any of the following groups you will benefit from the insights, tools, and the collegial discussions along the way:
Researchers and educators
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We prove you can teach an old dog new tricks
Certificate of completion
LIve learning and Q&A sessions wtih experts
Access to CoLab design thinking resources
Access to global online community
What our past students have said...
What a wonderful group of people in this morning's session.. I feel so very inspired by hearing what everyone else is doing. It's a really wonderful part of this course to meet other people with the same challenges, Thank you.
This is really powerful stuff. My colleagues love it. I can see they are inspired by design thinking. Thank you for making this a great learning experience.
I've been really enjoying the deep thinking triggered by the first couple of weeks of this course. I am going to use the forum to extend some of that thinking because I find it really helps to share and reflect with others.