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.