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Design Thinking - Client-Centered Solutions with Thomas Wendt
Borg Warner Room, Tompkins County Public Library
Ithaca, NY
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Design Thinking - Client-Centered Solutions with Thomas Wendt
Design thinking is a solutions-based approach to problem solving. Focused on humans, it is designed to help you understand peoples needs first - then create effective solutions to meet those needs. By focusing heavily on empathy, the process encourages you to consider the real needs of real people impacted by your programs.

The design thinking process allows you to question problems, assumptions, and implications. It enables you to re-frame problems in human-centric ways, create lots of ideas, and utilize a hands-on approach to problem solving through experimentation, prototyping, and testing of ideas.

It is a healthy middle ground of problem-solving it is not just emotion and intuition, nor is it just data and analytics; design thinking is the perfect mixture of both.

Thomas Wendt, trainer, author, and expert in human centered design, will be your guide as you learn this creative, cutting-edge approach to program design and performance improvement.

In this workshop, you will learn:
The fundamentals of design thinking, including key principles and phases of the process
How to use tools such as problem framing, ideating, and prototyping to help create human-centered solutions
How to transition through the stages of the design thinking process
How to apply design thinking principles and methods to your specific challenges that drive creativity and innovation
Expect to spend 70% of time on activities, 15% on lecture, and 15% on reflection/discussion.

About the Presenter
Thomas Wendt is an independent design researcher, facilitator, and author based in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.

His client work focuses on early stage qualitative design research, co-design, and service design.  He helps organizations strengthen their design capabilities through workshops, training programs, and consulting. Thomas has worked with clients ranging from large companies to not for profits and activist groups. He has written two books, Design for Dasein and Persistent Fools, both of which explore the politics and philosophy of design while making a case for design practices that lead to more resilient, equitable futures.

Thomas speaks at conferences across the world and is published in both academic journals and practitioner publications. He also enjoys wild food foraging, tending his gardens and food forest, backpacking, cultivating mushrooms, and making herbal medicine. He explores the local ecology as much as possible, usually with his dog Sadie close by.

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Borg Warner Room, Tompkins County Public Library (View)
101 E. Green St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
United States


Education > Workshops

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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