Designing for Social Systems

Earlier this year, we announced the formation of the Designing for Social Systems program. Building on our work with Project Fellows over the past five years, we are focused on furthering how human-centered design can contribute to taking on complex social challenges.

Our goal is to empower leaders and practitioners in the nonprofit, philanthropy, government, and social impact fields to work in more effective, human, and strategic ways. In collaboration with these practitioners, we aim to redesign how this work is done, develop more effective interventions, and advance the sector as a whole.

We will continue our work through:

First-hand project work with partnering social sector organizations. This is an opportunity to both help advance meaningful work, and to test approaches to the work first-hand.

The DSS workshop, teaching methods, tools, and practices for using human-centered design in the social sector. The next 6-day workshop is scheduled for June 18-23, 2018. You can read about our last workshop and find more details here.

Development and publishing of tools and approaches for this work. You can find some our resources here.

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The Teaching Fellow Experience

The teaching fellowship is a 12.5 month program aimed at developing excellence in the experiential teaching and learning of design thinking.

We will be inviting new applications for 2018-2019 beginning in early spring (additional details to come). We’re looking for fellows that come from either inside or outside the Stanford community who want to raise the bar in the teaching of design and design thinking, join our supportive, energetic, creative workplace, and enjoy the crazy momentum of the experience.

As a teaching fellow, you’ll teach courses, build new methods, create artifacts and form relationships on many levels. You’ll be expected to work in small groups as well as individually. You should equally love a high degree of autonomy, as well as continuous collaboration and feedback from your peers and the larger community.

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