Design Thinking Workshop

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
  • Earn a Certificate of Participation from the Harvard University Division of Continuing Education

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

September 18–19, 2019
Instructor Dave Power, Jon Campbell
November 20–21, 2019
Instructor Dave Power, Jon Campbell
February 26–27, 2020
Instructor Dave Power, Jon Campbell
May 6–7, 2020
Instructor Dave Power, Jon Campbell
July 22–23, 2020
Instructor Dave Power, Jon Campbell

Class Times

2019 Class Times: 9am-5pm
2020 Class Times: 8:30am-4:30pm

Program Fee

2019 Program Fee: $2,850
2020 Program Fee: $2,895


One Brattle Square
Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass.


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.
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Jon Campbell leads experience and service design for Continuum, a global innovation design consultancy. He focuses on growing Continuum's impact through thought leadership, the development of new offerings and capabilities, and international expansion. He founded and continues to lead Continuum’s Innovation Capability business to help organizations develop their internal capability for creating, launching, and scaling new offers and holistic customer experiences.

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