Design Strategist | facilitator | coach
I am an empathic, purpose-driven problem-solver and change-maker.
I help people and organizations navigate change and complex challenges and help build clarity for their next steps in accelerating meaningful transformation.
Design Thinking-Doing | Hands-On Training | Mindset & Behaviours
How I can help...
This is just a sample of services I provide. Each client and situation is unique, I will provide an assessment to make recommendations of services that will serve to improve your situation and create meaningful impact.
People & organizations I've had the pleasure of partnering to co-creating with:
Kai is a truly compassionate, warm and caring person. As a mindset coach, she has a talent for assessing things in a non-judgmental way, that makes you feel at ease and comfortable to open up to her. I would recommend her to anyone who feels stuck and need support with making big life decisions relating to career and relationships. She asked me thought-provoking questions, which helped to shift my perspective of a situation, to look at it in a different way than I normally would. Many times she empowered me to come up with solutions on my own by establishing trust in my own intuition. After working with her, I feel more positive and hopeful about how I see my future moving forward. The best thing about having Kai as a coach is how she inspires you to overcome past trauma or fears that hold you back and she gives you the confidence to know that you can live a happy and fulfilling life. Thank you, Kai!
I engaged Kai for multiple coaching sessions on both professional and personal topics at a challenging time for me, in both realms. We conducted sessions over Zoom, and via preparatory emails, and follow up emails. I selected her due to her focus on individual empowerment and ability to unlock existing potential, in a nurturing fashion. Kai's timely, well structured, accessible coaching helped me think more creatively about ways to improve my professional life and duties in a tailored, personalized fashion. Her gentle and open style made me feel incredibly comfortable to share and open up, and explore/accept my own ideas. I now have new strategies to approach problems, and new ways to approach thinking about future contexts. My career has progressed positively as I implemented my learnings towards leadership and on project initiatives, and my personal life has seen a marked growth in confidence. I thoroughly recommend her services and broad ranging skillset to individuals and companies, as well as her warmth and terrific energy. Thank you Kai!
I had the pleasure of having Kai as a coach last year, and it was a wonderful experience. Kai is a competent, well-prepared, and well-skilled professional, as well as a kind and amazing human being. Professional coaching is an in-depth process, and she has the experience, training, and tools to guide us through it as a client. Through her guidance, I was able to ask her important questions about my career, which opened my mind and heart to my skills, opportunities, and goals. I was able to build my career path and next steps not only to achieve success but also to lead a happier life.
Kai is a dedicated, talented and generous service designer and facilitator. I had the pleasure of learning from her during the 2019 Global Service Design Jam in Vancouver, which she organized and led. Her warmth and infectious energy made the design sprint fun and engaging. She approaches any subject with curiosity and establishes a genuine connection with anyone she encounters. I look forward to implementing what I’ve learned from Kai in my own practice and look forward to collaborating with her again in the future.
Kai has tremendous skills in creativity, strategy, production management, and unlocking the potential and improving performance of others, but really she is a change maker. Having known her for may years, and collaborated on complex projects in the past, I’ve seen up close how Kai fearlessly dives into challenging situations, finds the superior path forward, and helps teams manage complexity. During the COVID-19 crisis, Kai volunteered to develop and manage a citizen action response initiative [DTES Response] that went from idea to active fundraiser and communications campaign in about one week. For anyone seeking support for improving their operations, services, culture, or creative projects, you need look no further. I enthusiastically recommend Kaishin Chu.
Kai facilitated two Overdose Prevention workshops in 2018. This gathering brought community, frontline responders, friends, family and drug-users together to discuss perceived and actual barriers between all groups. She created a safe space where everyone’s voice was heard, lived experiences were shared and the stories of lost loved ones were honoured. Intentional conversations were facilitated while using her service design process for building and improving overdose prevention technology. Brave Technology Cooperative is extremely grateful for Kai’s flexibility and expertise in providing these workshops. She is an expert in empathy building for engagement, design-thinking and the service design framework, and we look forward to working with her again soon.
I have worked with her on three separate occasions – participating and co-leading design-thinking learning experiences with 48-hour deadlines to produce high quality prototypes and user-tested services. Kai is a thought-leader in the world of service design thinking. Her work has contributed to me in several ways – specifically: 1. Giving me a greater sense of myself as a leader in the world of design-thinking and business model generation 2. Creating a community and network of people who support one another in our creativity and leadership – of which I am a part. 3. Teaching me valuable frameworks, tools, skills to build my ability to better serve my clients. Kai brings the expertise and leadership to harness the collective creativity of groups, in an unbelievable timeline, producing significant, powerful answers to the wicked problems and challenges of our 21st century society. Most of all – Kai is out to make a difference. She is a purpose-led, high integrity individual, creating a world in which design thinking is available to those who most need it, and use it, to make the world work for everyone.
My experience with the host, Kaishin has been life-changing. Kai is the main facilitator of the workshop. She along with other volunteers have created a fun, non-judgemental, informative yet inspiring environment for us to fully emerge into a weeklong design jam. Kai is resourceful in the area of Service Design and Design Thinking process. She and her team constantly stimulate us into thinking deeper and wider, as well as providing constructive feedback. On top of that, her material is well crafted and intuitive, enabling a seamless learning experience. I have taken away so much from the workshop thanks to Kai and her team. The experience enabled me to be a better Design Thinking practitioner and provided with heaps of new tools to utilize in my personal project. I would highly recommend Kai to anybody who is looking for Service Designer, mentor, workshop facilitator or collaborative leadership instigator. Her expertise and quick wit will transform your organization, and better yet your life definitely!
I got to know Kaishin as an outstanding mentor and workshop facilitator when she was teaching Design Thinking as part of the Innovating for Employment Success program at MOSAIC. She is very creative, innovative and inspirational. I learned a lot from her – not only the Design Thinking methodology itself but how to implement it and find innovative solutions for real life problems using a business case provided by a sponsor company. Her patience and tremendous support helped my team to complete our project successfully in a very short amount of time while learning by doing. I would recommend Kaishin to anyone who is interested in Design Thinking and innovation.
The series of templates/worksheets demonstrated [within the Service Design Jam], Kai had a depth of knowledge about service design that was really just being touched upon during the Jam. I was impressed by them... I was also impressed with how Kai had certain time markers she was aiming for, but would adjust and shift the activities and schedule to meet the needs of the group - effectively 'dancing with time.'
Let's find out what's beneath the surface and get to the core of the challenges.
I’m ready to roll my sleeves up and jump in with you to co-create and design a clear path forward, discover the unknown then shift from knowing to intentional doing with purpose and impact. Let’s get you thriving forward together.