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The FAST 48 is a three day weekend training that teaches the basics of human-centered design for social impact.

Participants learn via short cycles of individual and group practice, including direct work in the community.

Participants can include graduate students, staff, faculty, educators, artists, and community organizations interested in learning design thinking for their practice, research, or organizational programs.

We partner with PlayBuild New Orleans, a central-city based nonprofit promoting design education for ages 4-12 years, through imaginative play and finding new uses for under-utilized urban spaces.

Spring 2020 Session Dates: March 6-8, 2020

Purchase a Registration for the Fast 48

Why 48, Why FAST?

In a fast-paced program spanning 48 hours, from 6 PM on Friday to 6 PM on Sunday, you will

  • Learn the key mindsets of human-centered design (HCD) or design thinking (DT)
  • Practice some basic methods fpr immersion, user-centered synthesis, ideation, etc.
  • Appreciate how design-thinking fits into your personal “social innovation toolkit”.
  • Reflect on how to take it back to your program and workplace.
  • Learn how DT is helping generate social innovations for health, poverty, energy, and environmental challenges around the world.
  • Join a network of people with common interests in design thinking for social innovation.
  • Enrich your resume! Practice skills that get you recognized by employers looking for creative, entrepreneurial, solutions-seeking changemakers.


Before You Register:

Spring 2020 Session Dates: March 6-8, 2020

  • Check the dates on eventbrite and make sure you can do it.
  • Set aside time to participate fully.
  • Plan to commit whole-heartedly and be sure you have the time to join us.

1. Pay the Registration Fee

  • Registration is not complete until you have paid.
  • Full refunds are available in case of cancellation up to 2 weeks before, and partial refunds up to 1 week before
  • Registration fees include food, drinks, workshop supplies, and materials.

Cost for graduate students:

  • $60 early bird rate
  • $85 for late sign-up (last 2 weeks).
  • Scholarships are available. If interested, email

Cost for professionals:

  • $90 early bird
  • $125 during the last week.
Purchase a Registration for the Fast 48

2. Email Your Registration Information

Email the following information:

  • Name
  • Academic program or employer
  • Background
  • Academic degrees
  • Interest in DT any prior experience
  • Preferred email address

Note: We offer academic credit to Tulane students via the class, GCHB 6700, Social Innovation Tools, offered in the SPRING.
If interested, email Dr. Murphy.


  • Do you still have questions about the Fast 48?
  • Contact Dr. Laura Murphy at
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