Workshop

Design Thinking

Design thinking provides you and your team with the key foundations to better solve problems and seize opportunities.

Think like a designer to solve business problems creatively. Design thinking is a human-centric approach to innovation where everything you develop is with the end-user in mind–whether it is a product, service, or process. Learn to first understand then empathize with your customer in order to best serve them.

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.

Date

August 17-18, 2021

Time

11am-3pm EST​

Location

Live Online

Tickets

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$ 395.00
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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.

Agenda

Think Like a Designer

Try on what it means to approach your problems and opportunities like a designer

Empathize

Surface key user needs to guide you

Define

Make sure you're solving the right problem

Ideate, Prototype, Test

Rapidly diverge and converge on the right solutions to test

Who Should Attend

Startup founders

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

Product managers

who want to get to deliver products users need

Key Takeaways

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

Want to join us?

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About Erik

Erik believes that a deep empathy and caring, rooted in human-centered design, systems thinking, and futures thinking best supports partners in finding their solutions. Erik is passionate about supporting clients imagining innovative approaches to complex organizational challenges.

​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

"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."

Siya M.

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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 our events manager, Tara, if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempted from this activity.​

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