What we do

Gilbert + Chittenden use the principles and practices of design thinking – an empathy-centered approach to creativity –  to help organizations imagine the future they want to create and develop the necessary skills to get there.

Why it is important for our clients

Our clients know the world is changing fast – and they know that the window is open to explore the ideas that will make their people thrive.  They are conflicted by the past success and the future uncertainty of  “doing things the way we have always done them.”  Working with Gilbert + Chittenden gives our clients solutions and breakthrough thinking for best of both worlds ideas.

How we work with clients

We listen.  We challenge. We encourage. We create.

Working as individuals, as a team, and with collaborators around the world, Dan and Stuart help individuals and organizations perform at their very highest levels. We are participatory, collaborative, and confident that the ideas and solutions don’t come from our heads but come from putting together the power of subject experts (our clients) with innovative process experts (us).

Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert works locally and globally to design, execute, and evaluate innovative processes and activities.

Over his 20-year career, Dan has worked with leaders and learners of all ages around the world to strengthen their innovation and design skills. While he has a particular passion for higher education, he has applied this approach to global companies, non-profit organizations as well as civic institutions.

Building upon his graduate work in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford University, Dan has taught design courses at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, has advised the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, a children’s environmental health organization.

Prior to his graduate studies and work at Stanford, Dan worked with schools, museums, high-tech startups in Silicon Valley and also taught ESL in the United States and Japan. Beyond work, Dan enjoys spending time with his family, running marathons and coaching his local elementary school chess team.

G + C Innovation and Insight

Stuart Chittenden

Stuart Chittenden founded the conversation consultancy, Squishtalks, in the belief that conversation helps us to live better and work well. Squishtalks has designed and delivered conversation programs for corporate and non­profit organizations, and for public and community purposes.

Stuart’s most recent community project is “a couple of 830 mile long conversations”, where he drove an RV 1,902 miles across Nebraska on side roads to small towns, encountering Nebraskan voices and exploring people and places, conversation and community. Stuart is formerly a partner at the Omaha-­based branding consultancy, David Day Associates, where he consulted on brand strategy with local and national clients and before that he was a London-based lawyer working with international legal practices.

Stuart has a Master’s level certification in Organization Learning & Development through the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Stuart has been a Big Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters and served on the Omaha Public Library Board of Trustees. He is an alum of Leadership Omaha’s Class 28.