About Me

Matt Norman is a learning designer and facilitator working to transform education and training, starting in WA. He has over 6 years of experience running workshops with everyone from corporate innovators and social impact professionals to at-risk youth, and has worked in advocacy and recruitment for the innovative Teach For Australia program. A graduate of both the Presencing Foundation Program on systems change, and the KAOSPILOT Masterclass in Learning Design, Matt’s passion is creating experiences that bring out the best in people.

Blog articles

Don’t Be a Heropreneur

While the heropreneur narrative is an alluring one, it’s crucial for social innovators to keep their focus on the real goal of making progress on big social issues for the good of people and planet. The real heroes in social impact are the unsung ones: the people striving together to solve the biggest problems in the world!

Social Impact

Cobras, India and Systems Thinking

Systems thinking is a problem-solving approach that invites us to treat every problem as a system, made up of elements (such as a cobra population, a colonial government, and a largely poor population) and the relationships between them.

Systems Thinking

What we’ve learned in the shift to facilitating online

Over the past 6 weeks, we’ve had over 500 participants through our online workshops, including more than 150 fellow facilitators, designers and learners keen to share their insights about facilitating learning online. Check out the key learnings.


Sharing our love for design across Australia

Over the last three weeks, the Skills of the Modern Age team has been lucky enough to travel across Australia sharing our love of hands-on, fast-paced design and innovation learning. Our top three learnings from running innovation events and workshops from Brisbane to Adelaide and back to Perth!


How might we Teach by Design?

We do a lot of capacity-building work in organisations, training adults in the essential design and innovation skills they need — but we also recognise that one of the best places to intervene for the future is in the education system.


Stories from our Design Jam

Design thinking is a crucial skill set that can help us tackle some of the world’s most important problems; that’s why design skills are at the heart of almost all our learning programs. Design Jam uses design thinking to create a real solution for a real social impact problem in just two days!


How to prototype your career as a social innovator

Becoming a social innovator doesn’t have to require the huge leap we often think it does. Social innovators exist in all kinds of organisations, from governments and big corporations through to small businesses and freelancers.

Social Impact