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THE TAYLOR CENTER cultivates a diverse learning community of Changemakers who use their skills, humility, expertise, gifts, and power to affirm the humanity of all people in the pursuit of a more just, sustainable, and equitable society.

Our programs are grounded in the teaching, research, and practices of design thinking, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation.

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Building Empathy during Quarantine by Journey Mapping Daily Routines

Written by Tran Nguyen-Phuong, Taylor Center 2019-2020 Design Thinking Student Fellow and Erica Casareno, Taylor Center 2019-2020 Communications Student Fellow. Uncertainty is an unavoidable element of life. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to recognize this fact more than ever before.…

Máille Faughnan leads session on(re)framing practices in design thinking

On Friday, May 15, Máille Faughnan led a session on (re)framing practices in design thinking for the monthly Design Thinking the New Orleans Way virtual breakfast series. The session invited participants to reflect on: how we “frame” an issue in…

3 Design Thinking Lessons to Overcome Perfectionism

Written by Tran Nguyen-Phong, Taylor Center 2019-2020 Design Thinking Student Fellow. Albert Einstein was right when he stated that “you can’t solve a problem on the same level that it was created.” Moving beyond what is safe and familiar is necessary…

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Embodying Design Mindsets: Daily practices for cultivating habits of being

Virtual Event

Daily mindfulness and design practices for cultivating greater creativity, intuitiveness, resiliency, and more. One new practice per week. Registration is now closed. Sign up for the Taylor newsletter to be notified of future sessions. About this Event In this eight-week…

PIVOT Conference 2020

Taylor Design Thinking Space 7001 Freret St - Howard Tilton Memorial Library (4th Floor), New Orleans

PIVOT 2020 will transition to a one-day virtual event, to build community among researchers. We are creating a schedule for the day and updating the call for participation. The coordinating team is excited to envision what a virtual gathering can…

Embodying Design Mindsets: Daily practices for cultivating habits of being

Virtual Event

Daily mindfulness and design practices for cultivating greater creativity, intuitiveness, resiliency, and more. One new practice per week. Registration is now closed. Sign up for the Taylor newsletter to be notified of future sessions. About this Event In this eight-week…

Embodying Design Mindsets: Daily practices for cultivating habits of being

Virtual Event

Daily mindfulness and design practices for cultivating greater creativity, intuitiveness, resiliency, and more. One new practice per week. Registration is now closed. Sign up for the Taylor newsletter to be notified of future sessions. About this Event In this eight-week…

June Design Thinking Breakfast

Taylor Warehouse - 612 Andrew Higgins Blvd. 612 Andrew Higgins Blvd Ste 4005, New Orleans, LA 70130, New Orleans

The Taylor Center's monthly breakfast, “Design Thinking the New Orleans Way,” is a place to meet others who not only are using and teaching design thinking, human-centered design, design research, and otherly-named design approaches to creating societal impact, but who…

Embodying Design Mindsets: Daily practices for cultivating habits of being

Virtual Event

Daily mindfulness and design practices for cultivating greater creativity, intuitiveness, resiliency, and more. One new practice per week. Registration is now closed. Sign up for the Taylor newsletter to be notified of future sessions. About this Event In this eight-week…

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