D.Event 2017

27 June 2017 D.Event 2017

The secrets of inspiration

A day focusing on methods and tools dedicated to inspiration



In a world dominated by rational intelligence, the capacity to be inspired is often neglected, because it seems to relate to “creative genius”. Yet inspiration enables us to transcend our day-to-day experiences and recognise their limits.

Often considered beyond reach, it has nevertheless been demonstrated that inspiration can be activated and moulded using identified tools and methods that can produce surprising results. What can we do to get inspired? Is there a method, can you learn it, or is inspiration something innate?

Inspiration is the first phase of design thinking: it is a crucial phase which should not be neglected. It is nevertheless a subtle, tricky and fragile art.

Creating the optimum conditions to trigger our powers of inspiration is essential in our lives as innovators. This day focuses on the secrets that can help us become inspired. Come and live an experience that will leave room for emotion, creativity, intuition and kindness.

Innovation is guided by the heart.


The Club de Paris des Directeurs de l’Innovation (Paris innovation directors club) brings together the innovation directors of some 60 European and international firms, most of them global leaders, as well as public organizations and research centers. The objective is to keep them at the cutting edge of international innovation, through different formats of research and analysis, interchange, and experience and discovery sharing. Formed in 2008, it is now Europe’s foremost Innovation Directors club.


The Paris d.school was born and has continued to grow within École des Ponts ParisTech. Every year, we admit students, teachers, and staff of ENPC to train them in design thinking. The conference takes place in the School’s brand-new Coriolis Building, a “high environmental quality” structure which opened in 2013.

Where ?

d.school Paris at École des Ponts ParisTech
Cité Descartes – Bâtiment Coriolis
6/8 avenue Blaise Pascal – 77420 Champs sur Marne
01 64 15 38 55

How much ?

For Education, Government & Non-profits attendees  : 20 €
For Companies : 340 €


Book your tickets here.

An invoice is available on request: contact@d.school.fr
NB: the number of places is limited.



  • 08:30
    Hall d'accueil

    Attendee breakfast

  • 09:00
    Amphi Caquot

    General opening session

  • 09:30
    Amphi Caquot

    ME310 projects presentations

  • 10:00
    Amphi Caquot

    Keynote speakers

  • 12:30
    Halle Freyssinet

    Shared lunch and networking

  • 14:00
    Amphi Caquot

    Keynote speakers

  • 16:00
    Halle Freyssinet

    Wrapping up

  • Véronique Hillen d.school Paris at École des Ponts

    Véronique Hillen d.school Paris at École des Ponts

    A graduate of ESCP Europe, with a Masters degree from École Centrale de Paris, Véronique Hillen has always worked in international multidisciplinary teams on projects with a high technological component (EADS, Bank of America, Daimler Benz, Euroconsult, a space sector think tank with 500 clients in 48 countries, as CEO for 5 years).

    As an expert in innovation and strategy for 15 years, she has developing her scientific and educational skills in design thinking since 2006 (a stay of 7 months full-time and six months part-time Stanford CDR, where she remains a “visiting scholar”). She was a pioneer in France in the creation of eco-innovation courses based on design thinking, with the design of a program for top executives at Thales (discovery trip and establishment of 6 project teams followed over 6 months).

    She is the former Academic Director of the “Industrial Engineering” department at École des Ponts ParisTech.

    She is the creator and head of the d.school project within the framework of France’s IDEFI (excellence initiatives in innovative education) program, a call for projects issued by the Ministry of Education and Research under the national big loan scheme, obtaining the d.school label in 2012 together with a budget of €4.1 million to set up the school.

  • Marc Giget Club de Paris des Directeurs de l'Innovation

    Marc Giget Club de Paris des Directeurs de l'Innovation

    Marc Giget is a graduate of the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), with a doctorate in International Economics/Development Economics (EHESS – Panthéon/Sorbonne).

    In 1983, he set up Euroconsult, an independent research and assessment group working on large innovation projects, which has since provided services to more than 600 clients in 60 countries.

    In 2008, Marc Giget set up the Paris Innovation Directors Club, whose members include some 40 big European firms, and which conducts research on innovation throughout the world, on modern forms of innovation management, and shares feedback on best innovation practices.

  • Bernard Roth d.school at Stanford University

    Bernard Roth d.school at Stanford University

    Roth is one of the founders of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (the d.school) and is active in its development: currently, he serves as Academic Director.

    His design interests include organizing and presenting workshops on creativity, group interactions, and the problem solving process. Formerly he researched the kinematics, dynamics, control, and design of computer controlled mechanical devices. In kinematics, he studied the mathematical theory of rigid body motions and its application to the design of machines.

  • Natalie Nixon Philadelphia University

    Natalie Nixon Philadelphia University

    Natalie W. Nixon, PhD is a design strategist and a hybrid thinker. She applies her diverse background in anthropology, fashion, service design and dance to change lives through ideas. In her consultancy, Figure 8 Thinking, LLC she helps organizations design smarter processes and systems, build strategy, and develop leaders by teaching and applying the strategic design process.

    She is the Founding Director of the Strategic Design MBA program at Philadelphia University and is a published author: the editor of Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond and a regular contributor to INC.com online magazine on creativity and design thinking.

    Her public speaking invitations have included the Business Innovation Factory, 360 Possibles (Saint Malo, France), Creative Mornings, TEDx Philadelphia, The Copenhagen Institute for Interactive Design, The European Innovation Academy (Nice, France), SEB Bank (Tallinn,Estonia), FUSE and the Mayo Clinic’s Transform conference.

    She serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Art Commission, the Arts & Business Council of Philadelphia, CultureWorks of Greater Philadelphia, and the Alumni Association of Vassar College.

    Natalie earned her BA (Honors: Cum Laude) from Vassar College with a double major in Anthropology and Africana Studies; an MS in Global Textile Marketing from Philadelphia University (USA), Shenkar College (Israel) & Reutlingen University (Germany); and a PhD in Design Management from the University of Westminster, London.

  • Nathan Shedroff California College of the Arts

    Nathan Shedroff California College of the Arts

    Nathan Shedroff was the founder and chair of the ground-breaking Design MBA programs at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, CA. This program prepares the next generation of innovation leaders for a world that is profitable, sustainable, ethical, and truly meaningful by uniting the perspectives of systems thinking, design thinking, sustainability, and generative leadership into a holistic strategic framework.

    He is a pioneer in Experience Design, Interaction Design and Information Design, is a serial entrepreneur, and researches, speaks and teaches internationally about meaning, strategic innovation, business value, and science fiction interfaces. His many books include: Experience Design 1.1, Making Meaning, Design is the Problem, Design Strategy in Action, Make It So, and the new Blindspot.

    He holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a BS in Industrial Design from Art Center College of Design. He worked with Richard Saul Wurman at TheUnderstandingBusiness and, later, co-founded vivid studios, a decade-old pioneering company in interactive media and one of the first Web services firms on the planet. vivid’s hallmark was helping to establish and validate the field of information architecture, by training an entire generation of designers in the newly emerging Web industry.

    Nathan is on the board of directors for Teague and WE’VE.

  • Ronald Jones The Royal College of Art (London)

    Ronald Jones The Royal College of Art (London)

    Ronald Jones is Senior Tutor at the Royal College of Art in London, serves on the faculty of the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University and has been named a Fellow at the d-School, Paris. He is a member of the Nobel Foundation’s Science and Humanities Program Committee.

    He holds the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Ohio University, and a Certificate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. A member of the board for “Change Lab,” the d. School, Stanford University, he has served on the faculties of Yale University, and Columbia University. A board member of numerous cultural organizations, he is also a member of the Advisory Group for the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm. A participant with NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera investigation, he assesses the significance and value of Exploration and it’s visual representation within a broad historical context.

    He is represented by Metro Pictures in New York. His work as an artist is in the permanent collections of numerous international museums including Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

  • Yann Arthus-Bertrand Photographer and Producer

    Yann Arthus-Bertrand Photographer and Producer

    Yann has always had a passion for animal world and natural environment. Little by little, Yann became a reporter focusing on environmental issues, and collaborating with Géo, National Geographic, Life, Paris Match, etc. In 2015, his HUMAN film is a preview simultaneously to the Venice Film Festival and at the United Nations General Assembly in the presence of Ban Ki-Moon.

  • Sandra Rey Glowee

    Sandra Rey Glowee

    Sandra is a 26 passionate and dreamy entrepreneur, who, after her diploma in industrial design, completed her formation with a social entrepreneurship degree. She has always been surrounded by innovation and prospective, leading her to participate into a student contest about synthetic biology. That’s in front of a TV show about deap-sea bioluminescent creatures that she had the idea to use those super-powers of creating light to revolutionize the way we illuminate our cities, keeping a naive and optimistic but realistic vision on the mutation of energetical models for tomorrow.

Les vidéos de la conférences

Les interviews des intervenants