Ben Crothers

I enjoy getting teams unstuck, and doing their best work together, with a mix of ✍️ drawing, 🧠 asking...  
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Founder and Principal Facilitator

  • Bright Pilots
  • Feb 2020 - Present

Jury Member, Good Design Awards Australia

  • Good Design Australia
  • Apr 2017 - Present

Principal Design Strategist

  • Atlassian
  • May 2017 - Mar 2020

Design Director

  • Second Road
  • May 2016 - May 2017

Design Manager

  • Atlassian
  • May 2013 - May 2016
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Oct 22, 2021
Oct 22, 2021
Spoke at a conference
Tons of fun speaking and drawing at the very first Visual Practitioners Africa online conference. I spoke about how to hone your listening skills by picking up on specific cues, and then how to use visual frameworks and patterns in group workshops and discussions.
Oct 14, 2021
Oct 14, 2021
Published a Medium post
I just published a post of advice to my Earlier Self: 7 unexpected things I've learned facilitating meetings:
Oct 06, 2021
Oct 06, 2021
Published a Medium post
One of the online classes I run is called Better Meetings for Alignment and Decisions - it's the most popular one out of the set of four. A big part of the techniques I teach in that class has to do with my CAPPED decision framework, and I thought I'd write a post to share it more broadly: 
Sep 23, 2021
Sep 23, 2021
Spoke on a panel
Great fun speaking on a panel this week, as part of the General Assembly 2030 Movement: "Is Data Killing UX Design Instinct?". The two definitely work together; after all, instinct isn't based on nothing, but on information, experience and learning about what works and what doesn't work, over time. 

I think we need to be a lot more courageous as designers. Business is all about squashing everything into ever-more efficient, predictable, scalable and safe processes and outputs, but real life and real design just isn't like that all the time. Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

Sep 16, 2021
Sep 16, 2021
Facilitated a brainstorm
Facilitated ideation exercises
Facilitated online
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Ran a fun online workshop, as part of the launch of the Butter Bash Online Community: "3 Warm-ups for Better Connection, Creativity and Collaboration". Each warm-up demonstrated how to get your online group into the right mindset for whatever your meeting or workshop needs them to do:

  1. What have you been learning
  2. Spam can
  3. Solutionizer
You can see how to do each of these yourself with the links above, or check out all my free icebreakers, warm-ups and energizers at
Sep 12, 2021
Sep 12, 2021
Joined an Early Adopter Program
I love it when something comes along that 📣 speaks to something I haven't been able to articulate, and that's what Polywork is! OF COURSE I'm more than my 💼 job title. OF COURSE there are many parts that make up who am and what I do. Is it the same for you? 
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