About this workshop
Design Thinking is a framework for solving problems using research to challenge assumptions & iterate rapidly on an idea. Human-Centered Design puts humans, communities, & environments at the center of the design process, building interventions with & not for them. While design thinking is largely used by tech companies, nonprofits can benefit from leveraging these principles in their program & project designs, whether they use tech or not.
This day-long training will use Human-Centered Design methodologies, such as user personas, journey mapping, & rapid ideation, in order to help nonprofits create a roadmap for improving their work. We will help participants leverage these principles to take a more intentional approach when designing interventions to address complex social issues by building those interventions with the help of the communities they hope to serve. All the activities & tools used in this training can be used by participants & their organizations for future projects.
We encourage nonprofits to come with a project idea they'd like to work out, in addition to registering with at least one team member to work alongside. Please, have each member register separately. If you cannot come with a team member, we will pair you with another participant.
Learn the basics of human-centered design principles
Ask the right questions & innovate with a strong focus on your users, their needs, & your insights about them.
Step beyond the obvious solutions & therefore increase the innovation potential of your solution.
Create volume & variety in your innovation options.
Get obvious solutions out of your heads, & drive your team beyond them.
Prereqs & Preparation
Be part of a nonprofit organizations & unfamiliar with human centered design & design thinking
One other team member to work with
Project that you & your team member want to focus on
About The Facilitator
Savannah Badalichis a community organizer & program developer working at the intersection of human rights & technology. As Director of Training, Education, & Events, she leads the development & implementation of digital skills training programs for nonprofits & government agencies. She previously served as the program manager for CivicXcel, a civic ideas accelerator, where she guided teams through human-centered design thinking training to build tech solutions with the communities they were trying to serve.
Prior to Civic Hall, her work centered on gender-based violence prevention. She worked at the forefront of the campus sexual assault movement & then for Breakthrough, a global human rights organization working on gender-based violence, where she managed their digital organizing strateg