What is this?

Overview

Join us for an intensive workshop to help you design more human-centered, strategic, and effective programs and organizations in the social sector. You will learn how to apply the tools, approaches, and mindsets of design thinking, integrated with the basics of systems thinking, to tackle complex multi-stakeholder social sector challenges. 

Workshop Highlights

Human-Centered Systems-Minded Design

You will experience integrating human-centered design and systems thinking methods, and see how they complement each other.

Interactive, experiential learning

Learn via hands-on project work, activities, and interactive lectures that help build your capacity to be more creative, insightful, collaborative, and strategic.

Workshop project challenge

Go beyond the theoretical and put techniques into practice by working in teams on a real project in partnership with a nonprofit organization.

Real-world case studies

Hear from leading innovators, including past d.school fellows and other pioneers in the social sector, who are applying these practices to their work.

“Take-it-home” focus

Understand how to apply these practices to your work when you return home. We will help you scope a human-centered design project, design an experiment, and develop tactics specific to your work.

Learn More

Interested in learning more about the DSS workshop experience? Check out our August 2017 and June 2018 workshop recaps to learn more in-depth about learnings and the project challenge.  

DSS Workshop Information Session next Tuesday, September 4 -- your chance to hear about the workshop and ask questions. These calls are open for anyone to join and speak with DSS Director Thomas Both. Click the link below to join at your preferred time:

Sep 4, 2018 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Sep 4, 2018 4:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Details

Workshop dates

December 9-14, 2018

Where

Stanford d.school
416 Escondido Mall, Building 550
Stanford, CA 94305

Who should apply

Leaders and practitioners from nonprofit, philanthropy, government, and social impact organizations. The program is geared toward those responsible for strategic planning and decision making, as well as management of colleagues, programs, and projects.

Tuition

We are offering tuition at three tiers to make the workshop more equitable and accessible to organizations with limited resources:

$7000 (full tuition)

$3500 (tuition after scholarship)

$1000 (tuition after scholarship)

Tuition includes course materials, daily breakfast and lunch, and two dinners. Airfare and lodging are not included in the program fee. Read more about scholarships, group rates, and travel stipends in the FAQ section below.

Application timeline

Applications are now closed.


Got Questions?

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Who should apply? Am I eligible?

This intensive is designed for leaders and senior practitioners in nonprofit, social impact, philanthropy, and government organizations. The program is well-suited for those responsible for strategic planning and decision making, as well as management of colleagues, programs, and projects. We encourage teams from the same organization to apply. Strong applicants will possess the following attributes:

- Commitment to attending all sessions of the workshop;

- Sophisticated knowledge of and experience in the sector in which you are trying to bring about a change;

- Willingness to try new methods, and experiment in your project work;

- Have agency within an organization;

- Commitment to applying practices to concrete project when they return home

What scholarships are available? Am I eligible? How do I apply for a scholarship?

We are offering tuition at three tiers to make the workshop more equitable and accessible to organizations with limited resources:

$7000 (full tuition)

$3500 (tuition after scholarship)

$1000 (tuition after scholarship)

Scholarships are determined on an individual basis, taking into account financial need, professional experience, and potential for positive social impact. Requests for scholarships are included in the workshop application.

Are group rates available? How do I apply for a group rate?

Yes! We highly recommend attending as a team! Tuition will be discounted 25% off two or more attendees from the same organization. Teams may also apply for scholarships and travel stipends. Individual applications must be received from each member of your team. Group rate requests are included in the workshop application.

Are travel stipends available? How to apply for a travel stipend?

We reserved a limited number of partial travel stipends for attendees traveling internationally, or outside of the Bay Area. Requests for travel stipends are included in the workshop application.

When is the application deadline? When will I be notified?

8/6 Applications open

9/9 Early consideration application deadline

9/17 Early consideration notifications

10/7 Applications close

10/15 Final notifications

What is the schedule? Can I squeeze in a conference call/work after hours?

You will experience full, busy days while you are here with us! We have found that it's best not to schedule conference calls or plan to conduct business during the program. Below is a sample schedule. Note that because the project/fieldwork for each workshop varies the schedule is subject to change. 

Day 1: 2:00pm-8:00pm 

Day 2: 8:30am-5:30pm 

Day 3: 8:30am-5:30pm 

Day 4: 8:30am-5:30pm

Day 5: 8:30am-8:00pm 

Day 6: 8:30am-5:30pm 

Please also note that in the workshop each session builds on the former, and work is done in teams - please come prepared to be in session and present for all workshop hours.

Who do I contact with questions about DSS?

Questions? Contact Marna at dss@dschool.stanford.edu