Nico Leonard, Rebekah Cheng

Strategic Design Director, Senior Strategic Designer


The pathway to regenerative business

In this workshop we’ll explore emerging ideas around regenerative business – building new practices, future-ready organisations, and notions of community.

Our research has identified wellbeing at work as a primary barrier to sustainable change in Japanese society, with the need to focus on collective and individual agency if we’re going to effectively tackle social and environmental challenges.

For many people their company is their community and where they spend the majority of their time, making this the biggest opportunity for societal impact. By focusing on creating better employee experiences and organisations we believe designers can make real, measurable improvements to people’s lives on a mass scale.

We’ll share insights and data from our research, then together with participants design ways to address these systemic challenges.

About Nico

Nico Leonard is a design leader and venture builder, helping organisations work towards better products, services, and businesses for over 15 years. He’s worked with corporate, consulting, venture, and startup teams across Australia, Europe, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United States. Nico believes a good employee experience correlates with good products and services – and that by designing better organisations we can deliver impact at scale, creating better futures for all.

About Rebekah

Rebekah Cheng is a Senior Strategic Designer at Fabric, leading client relationships and supporting our interdisciplinary teams. Business, design, or relationships – Rebekah values authenticity and empathy, as well as creating an environment where all feel welcomed. Previously Rebekah was based out of Miyagi prefecture at DIY furniture brand Ishinomaki Laboratory, and has also taught Japanese high school students through a project-based civic learning and urban planning curriculum (Y-PLAN) as an instructor at the Center for Cities+Schools at the University of California, Berkeley.


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