Philanthropy CEO Roundtable: Design Thinking Lab

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm CDT
CME Group
20 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606
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Please use the entrance in the middle of the block under the neon ticker board.

This event is open to: 

Grantmaker Members of Forefront.

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Design thinking taps into capacities we all have but that are overlooked by more conventional problem-solving practices. Not only does it focus on creating products and services that are human centered, but the process itself is also deeply human. Design thinking relies on our ability to be intuitive, to recognize patterns, to construct ideas that have emotional meaning as well as being functional, and to express ourselves in media other than words or symbols. Nobody wants to run an organization on feeling, intuition, and inspiration, but an over-reliance on the rational and the analytical can be just as risky. Design thinking, the integrated approach at the core of the design process, provides a third way.

In this session facilitated by Michelle Cohen, Director, Innovation & Acceleration, CME Group Center for Innovation, Roundtable members will be surveyed to identify a specific societal problem that will be the focus of this design session. Roundtable members will cross the traditional boundaries between public, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors and come to understand how design thinking can be used to develop better solutions to social problems.

The Center for Innovation creates and sponsors thought-provoking original programming that identifies, showcases and fosters examples of significant innovation and creative thinking across multiple industries in both the public and private sectors. Each of the programs explores and communicates the principles behind innovation, and more importantly, showcases their application to a broad and diverse audience.

This session is open to Forefront Philanthropy CEO’s.

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NEW DATE: Wednesday, March 28, 2018