Design Thinking Workshop

October 5–6, 2016

March 27–28, 2017

May 17–18, 2017

August 7–8, 2017


2017 tuition: $2,700

Design thinking workshop

Inventors like Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs were quintessential innovators who used a problem-solving process called “design thinking” to revolutionize entire industries and establish an enviable competitive advantage for their companies. Focused on listening, user empathy, whole-brain thinking, collaboration, and experimentation, design thinking can be applied in any field—from architecture and design to healthcare and product development to urban planning and beyond. 

This intensive two-day program delves into the fundamentals of this creative approach by immersing you in dynamic discussions, relevant readings, and team exercises. As you put your knowledge to work in several design challenges, you’ll learn how to harness the power of design thinking to create a path to innovation, unveil new possibilities, and make a greater contribution to your organization’s future success. 

Why you should attend

  • Learn the fundamentals of design thinking to improve organizational performance 
  • Solve complex challenges through the process of structured design thinking
  • Drive better results by combining design thinking with analytical decision making 
  • Establish a framework for building an environment that fosters creativity
  • Develop new ways to collaborate across all functions of the organization

Program highlights

  • Implementing design thinking processes and tools to drive innovation
  • Understanding the role of people in successful design thinking
  • Transitioning through the phases of inspiration, ideation, and implementation
  • Using tools like visualization, mapping, and storytelling to create solutions
  • Applying the design thinking methodology to your specific challenges
  • Testing, refining, and improving new ideas, business models, and processes

Who should enroll

This program is ideal for professionals from any industry who are tasked with problem solving and are looking for new approaches to finding solutions.

The workshop nature of this program is particularly useful to teams from the same organization who also want to use the program to tackle an organizational design challenge.


Dave Power

Dave Power

Dave Power, who teaches the March, August, and October sessions, received Harvard Extension School's Joanne Fussa Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014. He is president and CEO of Perkins School for the Blind, a global leader in education of children and young adults who are blind or deafblind. Power oversees the five divisions of Perkins: Perkins School for the Blind, Perkins Solutions, Perkins Library, Perkins International, and Perkins eLearning.

Until 2014 Power was president of Power Strategy Inc., where he advised executive teams on growth strategy, alignment, and execution. Power has guided growth companies as an operating executive, board member, and advisor for more than 25 years. He is the author of The Curve Ahead: Discovering the Path to Unlimited Growth, and has spoken to international business audiences on innovation and growth.

As an operating executive, Power was CEO of Novera Software, a private Internet software company; senior vice president of marketing and corporate development at RSA Security; and a vice president and general manager at Sun Microsystems.

As a partner at Fidelity Ventures, Power was an investor and board member in a number of successful growth companies, including Black Duck Software, Castlight Health, EnterpriseDB, Polyserve, Ping Identity, and Vibes Media. Power was also a venture partner at Charles River Ventures.

In his early career, Power was a partner at Mercer Management Consulting where he cofounded the firm’s technology industry practice, advising Apple Computer, Lotus Development, and other technology leaders. He also designed and delivered executive development programs.

Power received a master of business administration from Stanford Business School, where he was an Arjay Miller scholar, and a bachelor of science in civil engineering and a master of science in environmental engineering from Tufts University.

Jon Campbell

Jon Campbell

Jon Campbell, who co-teaches the March, August, and October sessions, is the vice president of customer experience and innovation capability at Continuum Innovation. Jon leads the experience and service design line of business and the innovation capability offering, which helps organizations become customer-centered and develop their internal capability for repeatedly creating, launching, and scaling new offers and compelling customer experiences.

Prior to Continuum, Jon served as manager of prospect marketing at Harley-Davidson Motor Co., overseeing lead generation, lead nurturing, and interactive programs focused on the acquisition of new customers and development of compelling customer journeys. He also spent time at ad agency Cramer-Krasselt, working on brand strategy, marketing, communications, and new product development.

Jon holds a master of design methods degree from Chicago’s Institute of Design (IIT) and a bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Wisconsin.