Design Thinking to Solve Social Problems

Session One of Design Thinking for Social Change — Recorded Webcast Available

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)

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

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon PDT, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT

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

Do you want to ensure that your organization is targeting problems that are truly worth solving? Do you want to find ways to identify creative solutions to those problems? Do you want to maximize the impact that you can make with the resources that you have at your disposal?

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 of stakeholders. Design thinking can help social sector organizations better understand the needs, motivations, and behaviors of those stakeholders.

This webinar is for social sector practitioners who want to use design thinking in order to achieve greater focus, improve their creativity, and facilitate collaboration within and outside their organizations. 

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How to approach a problem with a designer’s mindset and get a fresh perspective on a problem
  • The difference between traditional research methods and design research
  • How to design more impactful services and experiences for your targeted beneficiaries and stakeholders
  • How to make the internal culture of your organization more collaborative and more creative

Nadia Roumani— a lecturer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (d.school)—will serve as the presenter of this webinar. During the latter part of the session, attendees will be able to direct questions to Roumani. 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 Drive Organizational Strategy" 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.

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.