The “Fast 48” is an immersive boot camp experience to convey practical skills in human-centered design and related tools for aspiring Changemakers who are tackling complex social challenges of poverty, poor health, financial exclusion, pollution, and more. The weekend format is designed for graduate students (especially those in applied, problem-oriented disciplines) plus faculty, professionals, and local social entrepreneurs. In 48 hours, you will learn:

  • basic mindsets, skills and tools of human-centered design (HCD) and design thinking (DT)
  • mindsets of social entrepreneurs & intrapreneurs and changemakers
  • innovative funding mechanisms for changemakers
  • examples from various fields of how HCD is infusing social innovations

The Fast 48 kicks off Friday evening with a fast-paced workshop (“crash course”) in design mindsets and methods for a practical problem. Over the weekend, participants continue to learn by doing tackling small design challenges through team work, interspersed with practical skills-building exercises, and aided by coaches.

You will leave with new skills and mindsets of human-centered, empathetic research, insight-generation, creative ideation, parallel and rough prototyping, and testing with real users for feedback. You will join a local network of people with common interests in applying design approaches and tools to generate fresh, relevant solutions to real problems here and around the world. We will provide materials and resources to keep learning!


Our spring Fast 48 bootcamp in design thinking is April 7, 8 & 9, 2017.

The Fast 48 is open to all aspiring graduate students, faculty, staff & professional change makers.  The registration fee is $50.

To sign up email Laura Murphy at lmurphy2@tulane.edu with the following details:

  • Name,
  • Contact phone number,
  • Your academic major/department (or place of work, occupation),
  • Interest in taking the Fast 48, and
  • Prior experience with design thinking.

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