Discover Design Thinking: A Hands-on Experience

Discover Design Thinking

Discover Design Thinking: A Hands-on Experience

9:00am-1:00pm | Saturday, May 3 | SIS 120, American University

All are welcome. Register here.

Do you keep hearing the words “design thinking”? Are you unsure what they mean, much less how to apply them to your company, organization, or personal aspirations? Have you read the Wikipedia page but still don’t quite get what all the fuss is about? 

You have to experience the process to really understand it! Design thinking is a human-centered approach to problem solving that can change the way you and your organization work through challenges. By gaining insight into what people really want and allowing it to guide creation, solutions are more engaging an useful to the end user. 

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the basic principles of design thinking, drawing from the Stanford d.school, IDEO, and complementary methods for the social innovator. Through learning-by-doing, you will gain tools to enhance creativity and learn tips to implement them within your organization or personal endeavors. This four-hour workshop is ideal for participants with limited to no knowledge of designing thinking, who want to dive in headfirst.

$25 registration covers the cost of snacks, refreshments, supplies, and labor. Connect with other participants through the event’s Facebook page. 

“Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.” – Tim Brown, president and CEO of IDEO

 

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DC Social Enterprise Week Events

Disruptive Solutions & The Changing Landscape of Global Development
Tuesday, April 15 | 6:30 pm | SIS Founder’s Room, American University

Join the Social Enterprise Association and the International Development Student Association for the Spring Keynote Speaker: Raj Kumar, President and Co-Founder of Devex. This event will include a Keynote and a moderated conversation by Kate McElligott, the Senior Manager of Thought Leadership and Strategic Partnerships at the Grameen Foundation, with a Q & A to follow.

While the event is free to attend and open to the public, we highly encourage you to RSVP to confirm your attendance.  Please sign up through the Eventbrite and you can find more information about it on our Facebook event page.

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#SocEntDC and Hatch International Social Enterprise Week Happy Hour
Wednesday, April 16 | 6:00 pm | Penn Social

The Social Enterprise Association and Hatch International are teaming up to host this month’s #SocEntDC happy hour.

Drink, collaborate, network. Register here.

These events are also a part of Social Enterprise Week DC

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SEA Keynote: Raj Kumar, Co-Founder and President of Devex

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Disruptive Solutions & The Changing Landscape of Global Development

Tuesday, April 15 | 6:30 pm | SIS Founder’s Room, American University

Join the Social Enterprise Association (SEA) and the International Development Student Association (IDPSA) for the Spring Keynote Speaker: Raj Kumar, President and Co-Founder of Devex. This event will include a Keynote and a moderated conversation by Kate McElligott, the Senior Manager of Thought Leadership and Strategic Partnerships at the Grameen Foundation, with a Q & A to follow.
 
Topic of discussion: The landscape of development is changing more rapidly than ever before. A dramatic shift has taken place from a focus on decades of aid funding to a focus on private sector solutions, the rise of technology, and the burgeoning field of social enterprise.
 
While the event is free to attend and open to the public, we highly encourage you to RSVP to confirm your attendance.  Please sign up through the Eventbrite and you can find more information about it on our Facebook event page
 
This event is also part of Social Enterprise Week DC
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Venture Philanthropy with Rosita Najmi of Omidyar Network

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Venture Philanthropy

Rosita Najmi of Omidyar Network

10:30–12:00 | Saturday, April 12 | SIS 113

 Venture philanthropy applies a venture capitalist approach to philanthropy, supporting the growth of high-risk, high-potential, early-stage social and environmental ventures.

American University students are invited to join the Social Enterprise Program for a Saturday morning discussion with Rosita Najmi on venture philanthropy. She will speak to how venture philanthropists think and how social entrepreneurs can get them to take notice and interest, whether it be through a pitch or formal proposal.

 Space is limited. RSVP required to socialenterprise@american.edu    

Rosita joined Omidyar Network (ON) in 2012 after 4 years at the World Bank and 7 years at leading international development NGOs. At ON, Rosita drives investments, creates intellectual capital, and leads policy that advance impact investing. Recent responsibilities include the US National Advisory Board to the Global Task Force on Impact Investment, the Impact Investor 2.0 Project, and an HBR Insight Center on Scaling Social Impact (in partnership with the Bridgespan Group).

An international development specialist with background in financial inclusion, Rosita has worked and lived in the field and managed programs and research via the World Bank/IFC, Mercy Corps, Accion, Tahirih Justice Center, and America’s Promise. In 2001, she co-founded an iNGO in the public health sector in Benin and served as its executive director and board member for three years.  Tri-lingual, Rosita earned an MBA from Harvard and BA with honors in Economics, French, and Politics from Wake Forest University. 

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#SocEntDC Happy Hour – April 2014

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Wednesday, April 16th, 6-8pm at Penn Social

AU’s Social Enterprise Association and Hatch International are teaming up to host this month’s happy hour.  This #SocEntDC event is also a part of city-wide Social Enterprise Week.

Drink, collaborate, network.

Register here.

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Upcoming Event: Developing a Career in Social Innovation Workshop

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The Social Enterprise Association is thrilled to be able to bring Dr. Mrim Boutla, renowned neuroscientist, career coach, and social entrepreneur to campus for a presentation and workshop to be conducted next Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 PM in the SIS Founders Room. *RSVP to andreas.vailakis@american.edu is encouraged, but not required
Dr. Boutla is the co-founder of More Than Money Careers, and utilizes her innovative research in neuroscience to help young professionals identify the impact career and sector that is most suited to their unique personality and skills. Dr. Boutla has conducted this impact career workshop at Berkeley, UNC, Michigan, Columbia, and MIT. She has worked extensively with start-up social ventures associated with Echoing Green, Ashoka U, and Net Impact.
 
The event is open, but in order to get the most out of the workshop participants are encouraged to bring their laptop or tablet computer, and to complete the brief MTMCareers Assessment prior to the event: http://www.mtmc.co/wishlist-member/?reg=1395323581 
You may be sure that you’re destined to launch your own venture, or have a great career in impact investing, international development, or maybe corporate social responsibility, but this workshop and assessment will help you to get clear on the best career path for you, and where you will be able to make the biggest difference!
Topics to be covered include:
• How to translate skills from one sector the another;
• What are the current employment trends by sectors;
• How to clarify one’s sector fit based on MTM Careers’ framework;
• How to identify employers in one’s impact area/sector;
• How to leverage LinkedIn and Twitter to identify employers and live internships/jobs before one’s competition; and
• How to tailor resumes and cover letters to convert applications into interviews.
MTMCareers received the 2013 AshokaU/Cordes Award for Social Innovation as one of the most scalable solutions in Higher Ed. 
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Thursday: Design Thinking in Action

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The Social Enterprise Association (SEA) and AU Net Impact present:

Design Thinking in Action
A Panel of Professionals in Design Thinking
Thursday, March 6th, 2014 | Time: 6:30pm | SIS Founder’s Room

How does a human-centered approach contribute to achieving companies’ and organizations’ mission?
Join us for a discussion on how Design Thinking is empowering nonprofits, social enterprises, foundations, and businesses to better connect with their customers, find new innovative solutions, and grow.

Daniel Graff is a Design Thinking instructor at Aalto University in Finland, internationally recognized among the top design schools in the world. Daniel took part in the development of the International Design Business Management (IDBM) Master Program, which BusinessWeek recognized as one of the best Design Management programs in world. In addition, he teaches regularly a Design Thinking course at Tongji University in Shanghai and delivers Design Thinking related workshops to organizations (e.g. The World Bank) and other Universities (e.g. ESADE, Spain). He has published book chapters and journal articles about various topics, such as innovation, education and multidisciplinary teamwork.

Jonathan Erwin is a social impact designer and urban strategist based in Baltimore. Jonathan currently is a Social Design Fellow with the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation to continue his work fostering community resilience in disinvested neighborhoods. His research emphasizes exploring context within communities to create sustainable impact. As a designer his role explores a cross-disciplinary approach to facilitation, community organizing, and social research looking at whole systems compared to a single product or place. His work has been featured on GOOD, as well as the Better World by Design, and Architecture for Humanity: Design Like You Give a Damn conferences. In addition to the fellowship he is currently working with the National Wildlife Federation, Whole Foods Market, Gensler, MICA, Art Center College of Design, and the Clinton Global Initiative to develop strategies for how social design can leverage good intentions to make real change.

Natalie Foley is VP & COO at Peer Insight, a consultancy that combines design & business problem-solving techniques to help organizations innovate around their services. Her expertise is in design thinking and customer-centered problem-solving in complex environments. With a background in strategy, technology implementation, and change management, Natalie has led projects for IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers in various countries, functions, and industries. The diversity of her experience is brought to bear throughout the innovation lifecycle; enabling strong exploratory and divergent thinking while understanding the ins and outs of execution. She has worked across sectors, with clients such as Allstate, DTE Energy, the World Bank, Kimberly-Clark, USAID, and the Good Samaritan Society. Natalie holds an MBA from UVA’s Darden School of Business and a BA in Psychology from The College of William and Mary.

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