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The d.school is excited to announce an intensive workshop for leaders and practitioners in nonprofit, philanthropy, government, and social impact fields to advance the way they work. Participants will learn how to combine human-centered design, systems thinking, and communication design to increase their 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 these practices while tackling a real world challenge, and develop a plan for how to apply these practices to their own work when they return home.

In the workshop, human-centered design is integrated with systems thinking to develop impactful strategies for complex social systems work. The two create a synergy: Design is action-oriented, deeply human, and experimental. Systems thinking is strategic and holistic. Using them together one can: be enterprising while expending efforts with purpose; reach meaningful human insights in the context of the dynamics of the system; and test ideas in the world quickly with the intent to learn and iterate.

The workshop also includes lessons in communication design to amplify participants’ ability to convey their vision and strategy to colleagues, stakeholders, and the public. 

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Summer 2017 Workshop

Workshop dates: 
August 27 – September 1, 2017

Rolling admissions period:
May 22 – July 27, 2017

Tuition: $7,000
Tuition includes course materials, daily breakfast and lunch, and two dinners. Airfare and lodging are not included in the tuition. Limited scholarships available. 

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

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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. For the August workshop, 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! For groups from the same organization, the first attendee will pay full tuition, and all subsequent attendees will receive a 20% discount.