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 global development & health of how HCD is already 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. We work with a local non-profit organization and get out into the city to immerse ourselves in their challenges.
By Sunday, you’ll have new skills and mindsets: human-centered, empathetic research, plus insight-generation, ideation, rough prototyping, and testing with real users. Join a 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!
Fee covers food & drinks for the weekend, as well as supplies, worksheets, facilitators, trainers, and coaches to cheer you on.
Purchase a ticket to reserve your place here.