As part of activities related to the Master’s Degree in Design Studies, Natalie Nixon, MBA in Strategic Design Program Director at the University of Philadelphia, led a conference at CENTRO in which she explained ways to leverage creativity as well as design thinking and apply these to the labor sector.
Additionally, she explored the notion of hybrid thinking, which takes advantage of both the brain’s hemispheres—analytical intelligence (the left brain) and creative intelligence (the right brain)—to resolve complex organizational and social problems as well as make the most of new opportunities.
A workshop for scaling grit and resilience.
ADVIS and Leadership + Design have partnered to offer a two-day interactive leadership “boot camp” for school leaders from 21 ADVIS schools wanting to think creatively, work effectively, and build innovative school cultures.
ADVIS and Leadership + Design (formerly The Santa Fe Leadership Center) have partnered to offer a two-day interactive leadership “boot camp” for school leaders wanting to think creatively, work effectively, and build innovative school cultures.
This boot camp is ideal for any school leader who is responsible for making and supporting change in their school, from teacher-leaders to department chairs, technology directors, division directors, deans, admissions and development professionals as well as assistant heads of schools and heads. The program can also support school teams who want to approach innovation with a common language and a set of tactical skills.
This is a small cohort with limited space so early registration is advised!
Your Ideas: Scalable Ideas for Fostering Grit + Resilience
For Design Lab 2014, Dr. Natalie Nixon, Director of the Strategic Design MBA (SDMBA) program at Philadelphia University, facilitated a 2-hour lab for participants on grit and resilience framed as a design challenge for “How might we cultivate grit?” She was assisted by Philadelphia University graduate students Juan Carlos Velasquez (SDMBA, 2015) and Dana Utembayeva (MS Industrial Design 2014). Dr. Nixon began with an overview on design thinking, which is a problem solving process that utilizes the skills designers bring to the fore (empathy, ideation, prototyping and story) and integrates those methods into the design of more innovative services, experiences and processes. The design thinking process allows for a series of iterative divergent and convergent thinking processes.
Design Lab participants’ first exercise was in divergent thinking, a “Quietstorm” exercise, which is a group brainstorm in silence. Prompts were the words “grit” and “resilience.” Quiet brainstorming prevents louder team members from dominating a session; teams end up with more robust ideas emerging from the group as they “riff” off of each other’s ideas. Participants were then challenged to sort and sift the ideas they had collectively developed and sort into patterns. They then prioritized their thinking using a Love/Like/Develop framework. Participants then mapped their ideas on a Creative Matrix.
A Recap of GGD PHL #10, Business Model-YOU
written by Lisa Yoder
Philadelphia University’s Director of the Strategic Design MBA, Natalie Nixon, Ph.D., brought her vast experience and knowledge to share at the latest Girl Geek Dinners PHL event, the 10th dinner, hosted at Zivtech.
The Strategic Design MBA is a new program at Philadelphia University that merges both business school and design school that bills itself as The MBA for Hybrid Thinkers. The program integrates the best aspects of design thinking, namely problem solving and empathy, into a business context. Dr. Nixon outlined the program and the inspiration, goals, and needs behind it, then led attendees through a teaser of the program, an exercise called Business Model: YOU. Her goals for the presentation were that we left with a practical guide to help us in our professional lives and that we left inspired.