Design Thinking Workshop

November 29–30, 2017 $2,700

Inventors like Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs were quintessential innovators who used a problem-solving process called “design thinking” to revolutionize entire industries and establish an enviable competitive advantage for their companies. Focused on listening, user empathy, whole-brain thinking, collaboration, and experimentation, design thinking can be applied in any field—from architecture and design to healthcare and product development to urban planning and beyond.

This intensive two-day program delves into the fundamentals of this creative approach by immersing you in dynamic discussions, relevant readings, and team exercises. As you put your knowledge to work in several design challenges, you’ll learn how to harness the power of design thinking to create a path to innovation, unveil new possibilities, and make a greater contribution to your organization’s future success.

Program Benefits

  • Learn the fundamentals of design thinking to improve organizational performance 
  • Solve complex challenges through the process of structured design thinking
  • Drive better results by combining design thinking with analytical decision making 
  • Establish a framework for building an environment that fosters creativity
  • Develop new ways to collaborate across all functions of the organization

Topics Covered

  • Implementing design thinking processes and tools to drive innovation
  • Understanding the role of people in successful design thinking
  • Transitioning through the phases of inspiration, ideation, and implementation
  • Using tools like visualization, mapping, and storytelling to create solutions
  • Applying the design thinking methodology to your specific challenges
  • Testing, refining, and improving new ideas, business models, and processes

Who Should Enroll

This program is ideal for professionals from any industry who are tasked with problem solving and are looking for new approaches to finding solutions.

The workshop nature of this program is particularly useful to teams from the same organization who also want to use the program to tackle an organizational design challenge.

Program Information

Program Dates

November 29–30, 2017
Instructor: Dave Power, Pete Chapin, Prajakta Kulkarni

Class Times

Programs run from 9 am to 5 pm

Program Fee

2017 Program Fee: $2,700


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Dave Power is the president and CEO of Perkins School for the Blind and the recipient of the 2014 Joanne Fussa Distinguished Teaching Award. For more than 25 years, Power has guided growth companies as an operating executive, board member, and advisor. At Mercer Management Consulting, he cofounded the technology industry practice and advised Apple Computer, Lotus Development, and other technology leaders. Power is the author of The Curve Ahead: Discovering the Path to Unlimited Growth. He holds an MBA from Stanford Business School and an MS in environmental engineering from Tufts University.

Pete is perpetually curious about the world and the reasons behind why people make the choices they do. He is a firm believer in using human-centered design thinking to uncover the needs that people have in their lives, and is adept at identifying the overlaps that exist between these needs and companies’ business objectives.

At Continuum, Pete has done this work across sectors, in fields ranging from pharmaceuticals and healthcare to material technology and consumer devices/appliances. He has experience with B2B and B2C business challenges, and is especially skilled at getting people to open up about subjects that are sensitive and challenging.

Pete received his BA in social anthropology from Colby College and an MBA from Boston University. He lectures and runs workshops on design thinking for numerous universities in the Boston area.

Prajakta helps clients appreciate the human-centered design approach and launch new products and services in the marketplace. She enjoys engaging with people, understanding their problems and figuring out creative solutions.

At Continuum, Prajakta works with clients from various industries like financial services, mobility, and nonprofit to build their internal innovation capabilities.

Prajakta has an engineering background with a master's degree in engineering and technology innovation management from Carnegie Mellon University.