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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. 


Looking for more workshop dates? Check back at the end of this year for an announcement on our plans for 2020 and beyond.

Designing for Social Systems: People & Programs

A four-day workshop focused on creating effective programs, or redesigning programs to increase their effectiveness. We teach design thinking as the central method to advance work in a more human, creative, and iterative way. Learn more and apply here.

Designing for Social Systems: People, Programs & Systems

A six-day workshop to create more human-centered, strategic, and effective programs and organizations in the social sector. We teach how to apply the tools, approaches, and mindsets of design thinking, integrated with the basics of systems thinking, to tackle complex multi-stakeholder social systems projects. Learn more and apply here.

What’s the difference between the workshops?

The four-day People & Programs workshop focuses on design thinking within a strategic framework. The program teaches participants how to put people at the center of one’s work, to seek understanding and insight through first-hand design research, and experiment to design more effective programs. This workshop is best suited for leaders looking to create new programs and interventions, or refresh or revise existing programs, or leaders who want to better define their target population and increase their desired impact.

The six-day People, Programs & Systems workshop adds to the four-day content, integrating a module on the elements of systems thinking that then is carried throughout. We teach participants how to integrate both design thinking and systems thinking approaches to real-world projects. This workshop is best suited for leaders who are interested in both improving upon existing programs and services, but who have the bandwidth and interest in learning how to take a step back to assess and map the bigger system within which they are working, and identify the points of greatest leverage for their organizations within the system.










Details

Designing for Social Systems: People & Programs Workshop

Workshop dates: August 27-30, 2019 (4-days)

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Designing for Social Systems: People, Programs & Systems Workshop

Workshop dates: December 8-13, 2019 (6-days)

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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.