Design thinking provides you and your team with the key foundations to better solve problems and seize opportunities.
In this workshop, we’ll lead you through the five stages of the Design Thinking process, teaching you 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.
August 17-18, 2021
What to expect
What to Expect
This workshop is led by Erik Skogsberg, VP of Learning Experience at Voltage Control. He is a Master Facilitator and an expert in human-centered design and systems thinking as a method to help people arrive at creative solutions. Throughout two interactive days, Erik will teach you about the ins & outs of the design thinking process and how to integrate it into your daily practice. Learn by doing as you practice the design thinking process in real-world scenarios.
What You'll Learn
In this fun, fast-paced, hands-on workshop, you'll learn by doing as we lead you through all five stages of the design thinking process: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, & Test. You'll learn how to define key design thinking methods, practice facilitating key design thinking methods in your work, chart a plan for further design thinking growth, and connect with a larger design thinking community.
How You'll Learn
This workshop is highly interactive and hands-on; this is NOT a webinar. Your active participation is necessary. We'll introduce you to each of the five stages of the design thinking process, and then you'll have an opportunity to immediately apply them to your work. We'll introduce exercises that will not only help you try on these different stages but also allow you to bring design thinking back to your team. By the end of the workshop, you will have had the opportunity to learn and apply multiple design thinking methods as well as begin to chart a plan for your design thinking growth and scaling across your team.
Think Like a Designer
Try on what it means to approach your problems and opportunities like a designer
Surface key user needs to guide you
Make sure you're solving the right problem
Ideate, Prototype, Test
Rapidly diverge and converge on the right solutions to test
Who Should Attend
who want to learn the power of Design Thinking
Executives at large companies
who want to scale design thinking
Team leaders and managers
who want to build products based on customer insights
who want to get to deliver products users need
Define key design thinking methods
Practice facilitating key design thinking methods for your work
Chart a plan for further design thinking growth
Connect with a larger design thinking community
Trained as an educator, designer, researcher, and change agent, he brings significant teaching, design, mentoring, professional learning and development, organizational change, and research experiences from across secondary, higher education, non-profit, and industry contexts. Whether working with individuals, teams, or organizations, he helps people design lasting growth and innovation. Prior to working with Voltage Control, he co-founded Michigan State University’s Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology, an internal design consultancy focused on learning experience design, innovation, and organizational transformation.
He earned his B.A. in English Literature from Western Washington University, M.A.T. in Secondary English Education from Brown University, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education.
What People Are Saying
"Anyone that can construct a sequence of conversations to lead others is a metaskill. Anyone who participates in meetings or owns an agenda would benefit from this. It is a whirlwind, but you are among others who are in charge of making an impact. This is a practical, hands-on deep dive for managers, entrepreneurs, and leaders who can change their culture by leading meetings like a pro."
"As a venture-backed direct-to-consumer company, what we learn through customer experience directly evolves who we are growing into for current and new customers. As we mature to more retail presence in an unprecedented time of disruption and opportunity, every team member must be empowered with the vulnerability to iterate and actively listen for how to be present. Design thinking and facilitation taught by Voltage Control punctuates that kind of learning perfectly."
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 our events manager, Tara, if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempted from this activity.
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