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SGSI 2016: Adventures in Design Thinking: A Experience

This week-long immersive workshop will lead you in the experiential exploration of design thinking, a methodology for creative and human-centered problem solving that will prepare you to lead innovation in teams at Stanford and in your future endeavors. Along the way, you will discover different factors that stimulate and inhibit creativity and innovation in individuals, teams, and organizations.

Monday, Sept. 12, 10 AM – 8 PM; Tuesday, Sept. 13 – Wednesday, Sept. 14, 8:30 AM – 6 PM; Thursday, Sept. 15, 8:30 AM – 8 PM; Friday, Sept. 16, 8:30 AM – 6 PM


  • Leticia Britos Cavagnaro, PhD, lecturer,; deputy director, National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation
  • Colleagues from the and across campus

Audience & Capacity

Open to current and incoming graduate students from all disciplines who have not previously taken a quarter-long course, as well as postdoctoral fellows, if space allows. Space is limited to 30.


By participating fully in this course, you will:

  • Learn design thinking as a methodology for creative and human-centered problem framing and solving
  • Explore and manage the dynamics involved in working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Explore connections between design thinking and your discipline of specialization
  • Learn by iterative cycles of inspiration, action, and reflection


Practicing design thinking is a means to develop skills and mindsets that are essential in a rapidly changing world: identifying and framing wicked problems and human needs, combining analytical and creative thinking, and adopting an experimental approach to bringing ideas to life. You will develop these skills and mindsets as you work with a team to take on a real-world innovation challenge.

If you have not previously taken a quarter-long course and are interested in exploring design thinking as a methodology for interedisciplinary collaboration then this workshop is for you. The experience will help you explore applications of design thinking to your work, and you will leave better prepared to take advantage of quarter-long courses.

The instructors come from different backgrounds and disciplines, and bring extensive expertise in teaching design thinking in diverse contexts.

Overall, the experience will be a springboard for the exploration of how creative individuals and interdisciplinary teams can drive a culture of innovation both inside and outside of academia.

SUNet ID required to log in. The priority application deadline is Sunday, May 8.

Resource Type: 
Course or Workshop
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All Graduate Students
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