Pre-Conference: Introduction to Design-Thinking
Design Thinking enables organizations to develop innovative solutions to organizational challenges through a human-centered framework. The processes used in d-thinking are creative and people-focused. Problems are reframed as opportunities and through d-thinking participants engage in customer/stakeholder inquiries, rapid idea development, prototyping and testing potential solutions, and developing the implementation process for the solution. Design Thinking works well for any organization, and especially for those facing ill-defined challenges, persistent problems of practice, and challenges that require organizational change and innovation. After you register, you will be asked to identify a challenge your institution is facing. Then, during this interactive 3-hour session, you will become acquainted with the principles of d-thinking by working in small groups with those who identified similar challenges. Warning: There will be some pre-reading homework!