Design Thinking for the Social Sector: Part II

illustration with two heads out of which are springing lots of gears and mechanical apparati.

Join other faculty and staff for this FREE (and fun!) interactive design-thinking webinar from the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR).

Date & Time:

Thursday, February 22, 2018
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM



Library Leather Room (LIB 108)

Presented by Thomas Both, Director of the Designing for Social Systems program at Stanford's, and Nadia Roumani, Director of the Effective Philanthropy Lab at Stanford's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS).

Program Overview

Part II: Design Thinking for the Social Sector: Integrating Design and Systems Thinking*

gears detail2:30-4:30 Thursday, February 22, 2018 (LIB Leather Room).Where do you start when working in a complex multi-stakeholder system? Which “user” should you focus on first? How do you decide what to build after uncovering multiple opportunity spaces that all seem viable and important?

In this session, you will see how design thinking can be integrated with systems thinking to develop effective strategies for complex social systems work. When used together, the two create a synergy: Design thinking is action-oriented, deeply human, and experimental, while systems thinking is strategic and holistic. Using them together, one can be enterprising while expending efforts with purpose; reach meaningful human insights in the context of the dynamics of the system; and test ideas in the world quickly with the intent to learn and iterate. Demonstrated via a case study, you will learn how to move between systems thinking—which helps you see the larger picture and consider where you might have greatest leverage—and design thinking—which connects directly with beneficiaries and stakeholders—to gain nuanced understanding and insight. In this part, Jeff Mohr, cofounder and CEO of Kumu and advisor for strategy and governance of The Omidyar Group, will join Thomas Both and Nadia Roumani as a guest speaker.

*From SSIR website; click through to learn more.


Co-sponsored by the School of Engineering, Center for Faculty Development, Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, and Social Innovation Collaboratory.


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