What will I learn?


A four-day intensive class on design thinking, remote collaboration, and cross-cultural teams.

In Long Distance Design, you will work creatively with classmates who are 7,900 miles away in Bangkok. Your collaborative, cross-cultural creativity will assist a client, a Thai social enterprise client, who wants to better understand the people they are trying to serve in both Thailand and the United States.

In this four-day intensive class, you will sharpen your design thinking skills, develop next level remote collaboration skills, and ultimately, strengthen your ability to be creative with others who are not in the same room as you are.

Half of the students in the class will be at Stanford, half of the students in the class will be in Bangkok. Most class activities will be done in small, multinational teams. There will be an emphasis on doing synthesis in these distributed teams.

This is an intermediate-level class in design thinking. Students are expected to have had some previous classes and/or experience in basic design thinking skills.

By the end of this class you will:

  • Have quickly built working relationships with teammates on the other side of the world
  • Develop your foundational skills in doing design thinking in a “digital first” context, and understand the less obvious advantages of remote design
  • Up your general remote collaboration game, developing “channel fluidity” across multiple collaboration tools and breaking out of common “one-at-a-time” patterns in remote interactions
  • Understand how better remote collaboration in design thinking might help promote greater diversity in cultural perspectives and radical collaboration over time

Learn With

Teaching Team

Glenn Fajardo

Director of Co-Design Practice, TechSoup Global Network, TechSoup

Kal Joffres

CEO, Tandemic

Jim Kalbach

Head of Customer Success, MURAL

Contact Us


glenn.fajardo@gmail.com, kal@joffr.es