Learn Design Thinking in 90 Minutes

September 29, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Design Thinking Process

How many times have you left a strategy meeting and doubted that anything was actually going to change? We guess at solutions, never test them out, and wonder why they didn’t work.

As a remedy, design thinking is a proven and repeatable problem solving protocol that anyone can employ to achieve big results. Learn to empathize with your user, ideate like a creative genius, and test out solutions to guaranteed success.    

You don’t have to go to Stanford and pay tens of thousands of dollars to experience design thinking. Here’s your chance to learn it over lunch time. This is a 90-minute fast-paced mock project where we’ll run though a full design cycle. Participants will pair up to make a new prototype that is “useful and meaningful” to their partner. Little talking. A lot of doing.

Through this experience, you will take away some of the basic principles of design thinking and start to adapt them into your personal and professional routines.

NO PREVIOUS DESIGN EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. We’ll provide all the information you need to be successful.


Jim Rettew
Jim is a design thinking and innovation consultant for Fortune 100 companies, international nonprofits, and social enterprises.  His clients include General Mills, Finnegan’s Beer, and the American Red Cross.  He’s held c-suite positions with numerous NGOs and has run for political office.  Jim is passionate about injecting innovation into organizations doing good in the world to help them become more operationally efficient and mission effective.  

Lawrence Grodeska

Lawrence is a creator, communicator, musician and futurist. He is the founder of CivicMakers, a civic innovation studio using human-centered design and lean development to improve our communities, workplaces and institutions. Over the course of 15 years, Lawrence has created countless programs and products that transform how citizens interact with their communities and governments. He has spent time at Change.org, Accela, and the City and County of San Francisco. Ultimately, he is dedicated to the well-being of his fellow crew members on Spaceship Earth. 


September 29, 2016
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Impact Hub SF
1885 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States