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…
Join the Taylor Center for its first Social Innovation Conversation (SIC) of the 2020-2021 academic year. This event kicks off Taylor's Social Innovation Conversation (SIC) series, a program from the Research and Scholarship team which is aimed at scholars, faculty, community partners, and anyone interested in the ways their research efforts connect with the pursuit of social innovation and changemaking.
Tulane University faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to join the Growth Mindset Jam, a design sprint focused on Tulane University. The session will be facilitated by Lesley-Ann Noel, PhD. in partnership with the Taylor Center.
Through a design thinking exercise, session participants will practice the skills that are needed to foster a growth mindset, such as openness, creativity, flexibility, and comfort with ambiguity. Participation badges will be awarded.
The Taylor Center's monthly Design Thinking Breakfast is a space to build community among those using design, design thinking, and related methods for social impact with some local flavor, particularly from the greater New Orleans area and the Gulf South.
The October guest host is Jacinda Walker, MFA. She is renowned for her work in design, diversity, research, and strategy and is the founder and creative director of designExplorr, a social enterprise whose mission addresses the diversity gap within the design profession.
This is a workshop that explores poetry as a design research tool applicable in the current environment of a pandemic. Poetry Activism helps in engagement with communities, understanding their positive and negative experiences in a way that can lead to greater societal impact. The aim is to see poetry as a simple method of expression and integrate it as a source of creative and self-healing outlet that could potentially be used as resourceful data in research.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it necessary to explore different ways of thinking and re-imagining new futures. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to co-creation methods that focus on the future, in particular Critical Utopian Action Research (CUAR), a research method that allows people to be critical of the present, dream of utopia, and then to take action. This method combines utopian thinking and social learning to act upon critical experience and co-create visionary ideas directed by imagining better futures. Participants will learn how other researchers have used this method in their own work, with a particular emphasis on how it has been used in design research. Finally, participants will learn to use CUAR-based approaches in a few short activities.
How does our own bias get in the middle of our design decisions? We are driven by how we are brought up, the way we think, our past and current relationships, our circle of friends, how fast we move, and how anxious we get with little things. These factors influence our style, the way we write, the colors we choose, the way we design products. But we forget one thing... Our body and mind are constantly evolving towards a state that requires more and more attention.
Please join us and Marcelo Paiva, UX Manager for UKG, and one of South Florida's most active design community leaders and speakers. He's always happy to share his knowledge from over 15 years of building efficient design teams, solving complex systems challenges, and developing thoughtful expertise to foster modern design systems practices in Agile development environments for mobile and web applications.