Design Thinking for Decision Makers – RESOURCES

Workshop Details
The workshop will take place at LeadLocal (196 W Simpson St, 85701).
Parking is located in the lot directly west of the LeadLocal adobe. Participation is limited, so there should be plenty of parking available.


8:30 – Breakfast (optional)
from Cartel Coffee Lab

9:00 – Welcome the Age of Empathy – Explore the fabric of the 21st century economy with information and activities that reveal insights about why design thinking is a growing field of practice and how you can leverage design tools to lead.

10:30 – Morning Break

10:45 – Start Where You Are Empathy and collaboration are at the heart of design thinking and leadership. Build your capacity to lead by engaging in activities that help you see challenges in context and span boundaries.

12:00 – Lunch – Fun, delicious, and surprising!
from Time Market

12:45 – Design the FutureImagination isn’t just for artists and prototypes aren’t just for engineers. Learn how to leverage design tools to develop a shared vision and lead innovation. Build your creative confidence as you practice ideation and prototyping.

2:30 – Afternoon Break

2:45 – Practice Empirical Creativity Don’t waste your time and money on solutions that might not work. Go lean. Develop rapid experiments to help you learn and refine with minimal resource investment.

3:45 – I like, I wish, What if…? – Show and tell! It’s time for listening and learning. New connections take time to integrate, so we’ve built in a bit of processing time for you to network and reflect together, mingle and chat. (Friends and family invited to participate)

Below are a few resource links that we think help provide a “big picture” framework of why we need to go off script. Check out all of them, just a few, or maybe none. It’s your call–there’s no test.

Changing Paradigms
TED Talk – Changing Education Paradigms – Sir Ken Robinson (11 min)
HBR Article – The Big Shift, Measuring the Forces of Change – John Hagel III, et al
TEDx Talk – How I Became a Localist – Deborah Frieze (15 min)
TED Talk – We’ve Stopped Trusting Institutions and Started Trusting Strangers – Rachel Botsman (17 min)

Inspired Action
RSA Short – The 7 Ingredients of Creativity – Cedric Villani (3 min)
RSA Short – On Brainstorming – Jonah Lehrer (2 min)
TED Talk – How Listening Can Change an Entire Community – Rev. Jeffrey Brown (18 min)

Leadership + Growth Mindset
SSIR Article – Leading Change Through Adaptive Design – Maya Bernstein 
HBR Article – What Having a Growth Mindset Really Means – Carol Dweck
This American Life Podcast – NUMMI 2015 – Frank Langfitt (1 hr)
Forbes 5-min Read – Collective Leadership Drives Sustainable Growth – Boyle & Klunster
HBR Article – How Shared Leadership Changes Our Relationships at Work – Declan Fitzsimmons
White Paper – The Collective Leadership Framework – Center for Ethical Leadership

Design Thinking +
RSA Short – The Power to Create – Matthew Taylor (4 min)
IDEO Toolkit Excerpt – What is Design Thinking? – IDEO (link to full Toolkit)
TED Talk – Build a Tower, Build a Team – Tom Wujec (6 min)
TED TALK – Tales of Creativity and Play – Tim Brown (30 min)
TED Talk – What Makes us Feel Good About Our Work – Dan Airely (20 min)
TED Talk – Your Brain on Improv – Charles Limb (20 min)

You can download any of these PDFs and print them for use with your team. The map files are 8.5×11″, but can be enlarged and printed large format (2’x3′) for workshops or team meetings.

Empathy Map



Rapid Experiments