Offer: Online Course: Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation (Registration deadline: 3 July 2013)
From +Acumen and IDEO.org comes a free, online course for leadership development!
Human-centered design has helped organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow for more than 30 years. IDEO.org is bringing the power of human-centered design to the social sector.
Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation is a five-week course that will introduce you to the concepts of human-centered design and help you use the design process to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change.
What you'll learn
Businesses, social entrepreneurs and other innovators have used human-centered design for decades to create solutions for many different types of challenges. At its core, the human-centered design process is based upon the fundamental belief that gaining a deep understanding of the needs, hopes, and aspirations of potential customers and the lives they live yields incredible inspiration for new solutions. From this in-depth exploration into people’s experiences and environments, human-centered designers identify patterns and opportunities for concept development. And then it’s time to get tangible quickly, turning concepts into live prototypes and in-field experiments. Human-centered designers learn by doing and evolve their solutions based on real-time feedback.
This five-week course will equip you with the process and methods of human-centered design so that you can be more intentional about facing and solving your current challenges. This course is an invitation to experiment with the power of human-centered design. Let it inspire you to approach challenges differently and experience how human-centered design can add new perspectives to your work.
How the course works
There are no in-person teachers or facilitators for this course. You will work through the course with a group of 2-6 people we will refer to as your “design team”. You must find your team before you sign up for the course.
You will learn the human-centered design process by applying it to a real world design challenge. In preparation for each stage of the challenge, you and your team will explore the main human-centered design concepts through readings, human-centered design case studies, and short videos. When your design team meets in person each week, your team will conduct a series of peer-facilitated activities where you’ll practice relevant human-centered design methods and approaches. Each week, you will receive an e-mail with the materials for the upcoming workshop. The materials will consist of two things:
Workshop Readings (1-2 hours): To be completed before your team meets for your workshop
Workshop Materials (~2 hours): To be completed during your team’s weekly workshop
You will select a different member of your design team to prepare and facilitate the workshop each week. This “Weekly Leader” will be responsible for organizing the necessary space and materials needed before the workshop begins as well as facilitating and keeping time during the workshop.
There will be a homework assignment following workshops 2 and 4 where your team will be required to find and interview members of your local community (Week 2) and test your prototypes with users (Week 4). During the last week of the course, you will brainstorm with your team additional social sector challenges where you might apply human-centered design and commit to making the first step toward tackling a new challenge.