Mini Workshop

Intro To Design Thinking

In this informative hour-long mini-workshop, you’ll learn how to quickly prototype solutions to maximize participation in your work.

We’ll introduce you to the stages of the Design Thinking process, teaching how the various steps fit together and why and how they work. You’ll learn some tips and tricks for using Design Thinking across your work.

You’ll leave this mini-workshop with a new way of looking at problem-solving and the confidence to approach it with renewed energy and optimism. It’s not just about a bigger toolbox, but developing internal resources that you can draw on to be a facilitator.

Date

May 11, 2022

Time

11am-12pm CST​

Location

Live Online

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What to expect

WHAT TO EXPECT

In this mini-workshop, we’ll rapidly preview all stages of the Design Thinking process, teaching how the various steps fit together, and why and how they work. You’ll learn tips and tricks for integrating Design Thinking across your work.


What You'll Learn

Design Thinking & Human-Centered Design We'll rapidly preview the stages of the Design Thinking process, teaching how the various steps fit together and why and how they work. You’ll learn tips and tricks for using Design Thinking across your work

How You'll Learn

This workshop is hands-on. We will introduce you to each of the various stages of the Design Thinking process. We’ll introduce an exercise that will not only help you try one of these different stages but also allow you to bring Design Thinking back to your team.

Agenda

Open

Review what design thinking is, where it comes from, and why it is a valuable tool for innovation and change

Explore

Activities built to engage with each step of the design thinking process: Empathy, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test

Close

Identify a problem area you would like to apply design thinking to in your own work

Reflect

How might design thinking transform the way you approach problems?

Who Should Attend

Managers

who want to take a more human-centered approach to their work

Entrepreneurs

who want to create innovative products and solutions that solve real problems

Executives

who want to build a culture of creativity, exploration and bias toward action at every level of their organization

Anybody

looking to explore new ways of approaching the complex problems humans face

Key Takeaways

Your unique mix of strengths and weaknesses

Simple virtual tools to transform everyday meetings

Strategies to address meeting dysfunction

A personalized plan for your meeting culture

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Shannon Varcoe

Shannon Varcoe brings a mindset of curiosity, creativity, and experimentation to everything she does. Her background spans a wide range of domains from mechanical engineering to technical theatre, entrepreneurial curriculum development to toy invention, and many others. Her breadth of experience and interdisciplinary exploration informs the way she works with teams, organizations, and individuals to identify problems, explore opportunities and develop impactful solutions. She believes everyone can create meaningful and lasting change with the right tools, frameworks, and space to play.
What People Are Saying

"I realized my entire role is facilitation. I have to do a lot of lateral influencing. So I use these skills even if it is not a super-structured workshop. Our product team has micro meetings all the time, and these methods help us get the most of those moments. My team can lean on me to facilitate. You will redesign the way you have conversations. I can’t believe every college student doesn’t have to take a class like this. This is how you collaborate. It is the underpinning of the future of work."

Savannah C.

PRODUCT DESIGNER @ TAILWIND

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A key part of our mission is to support diverse facilitators from different methodologies, backgrounds, races, genders, sexual orientations, cultures, and ages. If you are a part of, or serve, a traditionally underrepresented group and feel that this scholarship would allow you to amplify this mission, please apply now.

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Please note that photographs, video & audio recordings will be taken throughout this event. These will be used by Voltage Control for marketing and publicity in our publications, on our website and in social media, or in any third-party publication. Please contact us via email if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempted from this activity.​

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