What will I learn?


Learn the fundamentals of Design Thinking + Systems Thinking and apply them to scaled and complex sustainability challenges

This project-based d.school class combines Design Thinking with Systems Thinking, with the goal of designing interventions to large scale, complex and systemic challenges. This class draws from System Theory, Behavioral Sciences, elements of Diffusion Theory, and a methodology for scaled transformation. Tools and theories introduced in class will be used to structure large-scale transformations that create value on environmental, societal, and economic fronts simultaneously. This is a project-based class involving team-based, real world challenges that are all complex and scaled. Primarily meant for Graduate Students (especially qualified/motivated Seniors will be considered).

Learn With

Teaching Team

Banny Banerjee
Director, Stanford ChangeLabs

Theo Gibbs
Lecturer, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design;
Senior Designer, YLabs;
Chief Design Officer, Blue Heart

Annette Zou
System Designer and Strategist, Stanford ChangeLabs

Jeff Mohr
Co-Founder & CEO, Kumi, Inc.

Contact Us




  • Spring 2017
  • ENVRES 380 and SUST 230 (Co-Listed)
  • 8 Weeks beginning April 13
  •  Fri, 9:30a – 4:20p
  • 3-4 Units
  • Letter Grade
  • Studio 1


Apply by Friday, March 9th.

Accepting 18-24 Graduate Students, Fellows and Post-docs, especially deserving co-term and seniors.

Application closed