Design Thinking Facilitation

One of my favorite things to do is to facilitate workshops and watching the magic unfold as participants learn how to integrate the design thinking method into their work. I’d love to work with your company, networking group, conference, or stakeholders to add this helpful modality to their toolkit.

WHAT IS DESIGN THINKING?

“Design thinking has a human-centered core. It encourages organizations to focus on the people they're creating for, which leads to better products, services, and internal processes. When you sit down to create a solution for a business need, the first question should always be what's the human need behind it? …In employing design thinking, you’re pulling together what’s desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable,” according to design firm IDEO. Read more here.

WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?

I’ve facilitation design thinking workshops in a variety of settings:

  • At conferences

  • For internal staff of a company (professional development and/or strategic planning)

  • For nonprofit stakeholders (community volunteers, lay leaders)

  • For fellowships and networking groups

WHAT ARE THE OUTCOMES?

We will work together to craft a design thinking workshop that is relevant to your employees or conference attendees. If you are working on a specific company goal, we will tailor the workshop so that attendees plat a vital role in helping to co-create the outcome of that goal (i.e., we are looking to make our offerings more attractive to millennials).

If you are a conference, or offering this workshop for professional development or otherwise, the primary outcome can be tailored towards learning the methodology so participants can apply it to their work moving forward.

All workshops will have a team-building elements, where participants will walk away with new tools in their creative problem solving toolkit. Plus, it’s fun!

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE WORKSHOP?

Using principles of user empathy, radical brainstorming, and prototyping, design thinking workshops will teach attendees how to use the tenants of creative problem solving in their work. The workshop is highly interactive, with participants co-creating the experience. It’s fun, fast-paced, and actionable.

I will work with you to tailor the workshops to your goals. With that said, some of the topics we may cover include:

  • Introduction to design thinking

  • Framing our design challenge

  • Using empathy to understand and design for your users

  • Radical brainstorming

  • Rapid prototyping workshop

HOW LONG IS IT?

One-time workshops can focus on design thinking as a whole, or a specific element, and range from 90 minutes to 4 hours.

Workshop series can deep dive into specific elements and span several days spread over weeks or months, depending on your needs.

Previous clients include Calvin Klein, Bossladies (now Eredita Creative House), OneTable, American Jewish Committee, and more.

Interested in exploring working together?

Looking for one-on-one a design thinking strategy session? You can find that here.