Design Thinking to Drive Organizational Strategy

Session Two of Design Thinking for Social Change

Presented by:
Nadia Roumani, director, Effective Philanthropy Lab, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society; lecturer, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (d.school)
Paul Brest, emeritus professor, Stanford Law School; former president, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Moderated by:
Michael Slind, senior editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon PST, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST

This webinar is the second in a two-part series on Design Thinking for Social Change.

Do you want to improve the strategic effectiveness of your organization? Do you want to enhance your and your team’s ability to make critical decisions? Do you want to achieve greater clarity on which aspect of a complex problem your organization should tackle? Do you want to make sure that your organization has a clear, precise theory of change?

Design thinking—a human-centered method for tackling complex problems—provides a powerful framework for pursuing work in the social sector. Social problems exist within intricate systems that involve multiple feedback loops. Design thinking, combined with traditional strategic planning processes, can help social sector organizations develop approaches that target those systems on the basis of sound evidence.

This webinar is for social sector practitioners who want to use design thinking in order to improve organizational decision-making and to hone their organization’s vision, values, and strategy.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How to develop “decision-forcing functions” that will help you determine which groups to target, which needs to address, which ideas to test, and so on
  • How to cultivate a deep understanding of the specific population of beneficiaries that you seek to reach
  • Integrating design thinking with social science
  • How to test hypotheses in order to clarify your organization’s theory of change

Nadia Roumani— a lecturer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (d.school)—will serve as the lead presenter of this webinar. Joining her will be Paul Brest, emeritus professor at Stanford Law School and former president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. In the webinar, Roumani and Brest will share lessons drawn from case studies that they have developed together over the past year.

During the latter part of the session, attendees will be able to direct questions to Roumani and Brest. Michael Slind of Stanford Social Innovation Review will moderate the webinar.

Price: $49, which includes access to the live webinar; unlimited access to the webinar as many times as you’d like for twelve months; and downloadable slides. Purchase this webinar with "Design Thinking to Solve Social Problems" for the discounted price of $89. 


Speaker Bios

Nadia Roumani, director, Effective Philanthropy Lab, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society; lecturer, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (d.school)

Nadia Roumani is the director of the Effective Philanthropy Lab at Stanford University’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) and a lecturer and the curriculum co-designer for the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design’s (d.school) Civic Innovation Fellows Program. In 2014-15, Roumani was the Walter and Esther Hewlett Design Fellow, and was part of the inaugural d.school Fellows Program. She leads efforts nationwide to apply design thinking to foundations and nonprofit organizations. You can also learn more about her work to integrate design thinking and strategic philanthropy at www.designthinkingphilanthropy.com.

Paul Brest, emeritus professor, Stanford Law School; former president, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Paul Brest is emeritus professor at Stanford Law School, a lecturer at the Graduate School of Business, and a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. He was previously president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. 

Michael Slind, senior editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review

Michael Slind is senior editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review. He has extensive experience as a writer, editor, and publishing professional. Slind is coauthor, with Boris Groysberg, of Talk, Inc.: How Trusted Leaders Use Conversation to Power Their Organizations (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012). Previously, he worked at Harvard Business School, where he wrote widely used case studies on corporate strategy and entrepreneurial management. Earlier in his career, he served as managing editor and as a senior editor at Fast Company magazine.