Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship presents the Designing Innovative Solutions for Social Challenges workshop. This experiential and interactive workshop exposes students to the tools, tactics, and frameworks used by innovators, entrepreneurs, and designers to empathize with populations they seek to serve, define problem sets, and come up with innovative solutions.
What Will I Learn
Tools gained at this workshop will benefit those with a passion for social change, inclusion and diversity, and those at the early stages of exploring their own innovations, ideas, nonprofits, and social enterprises. No prior experience with design thinking is necessary to attend. We encourage participation from teams and individuals that have identified a problem they would like to solve.
Social and civic innovators and entrepreneurs around the world are tackling some of the most complex and challenging social problems of our time. These innovators use design thinking and human-centered design methods to provide impactful solutions in the US and across the globe. This workshop will dive into design thinking as a way to help students frame problems and create solutions to social and environmental issues.
About the Facilitators
Scott Stein is the Associate Director for Student Entrepreneurship at GW. Scott has worked with Ben & Jerry's, the State of Oregon, Main Street Alliance, and Mobilize.org as a social entrepreneur, facilitator, and design thinker developing and implementing new approaches to solving social problems.
Three learning outcomes
- Learning aspects of human-centered design methodology for problem solving
- Generating empathy, ideation techniques, and identifying users and customers
- Using the Social Business Model Canvas as a way to assess ideas
This workshop is limited to 30 participants. A wait list will start after 30 first people have registered.
Important Event Note
Please note that Gelman Library is a secure facility. All current GW students must use their GWorld card to get access to the building. For non-GW attendees and GW alumni attending this event, please ensure that you have a valid form of ID with you upon arrival. Digital copy on your phone will suffice. If you do not have a form of ID to present to the front desk staff upon arrival, you will NOT be allowed into the building per Gelman Library policy. Our office will not be held responsible if you forget to bring a form of identification with you to check into the Gelman Library.