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The d.school is excited to hold our second Designing for Social Systems workshop in June 2018. DSS is an intensive workshop for leaders and practitioners in nonprofit, philanthropy, government, and social impact fields to advance the way they work.

Participants will learn the tools and approaches of design thinking and how to apply them to multi-stakeholder projects in the social sector. Particular to this program, we integrate the basics of systems thinking with design thinking to increase impact in the complex work of social change. We aim to empower leaders to be more creative, insightful, collaborative, and strategic.

Workshop participants will learn design thinking by tackling a real-world challenge in partnership with a nonprofit organization, and also develop a plan for how to apply these practices to their own work when they return home.

Read more and about DSS workshop highlights, and a summary of the 2017 DSS workshop

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Workshop Details

Workshop dates:
June 18 – 23, 2018

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: $7,000
Tuition includes course materials, daily breakfast and lunch, and two dinners. Lodging is not included in the program fee. Limited scholarships are available. 15% discount for multiple attendees from the same organization.

Applications are currently closed.

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Who should apply?

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

Are there scholarships available?

Yes, we will have a limited number of spots available at the discounted rate of $1500 for individual applicants.

Are groups from the same organization encouraged to apply? Is there a special group rate?

Yes! All members from the same organization will receive a 15% discount.