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USCreativity introduces Design Thinking Facilitation Deep Dive

Design Thinking Facilitation Deep Dive is a train-the-trainer workshop for 30 USC faculty and staff, addressing collaborative, creative problem solving. Following two days of interactive classes on human-centered design, attendees directly apply what they’ve learned as co-facilitators of The Great Gamecock Design Challenge where they are joined by 50 additional collaborators and compete for a $20,000 top prize of project support. During the final session, attendees map a professional design challenge for an upcoming project related to teaching, research, service, or an academic unit.

Throughout this experience, participants examine strategies for:

  • Transforming complex problem solving in career and life
  • Cultivating more collaborative environments
  • Generating more creative solutions
  • Committing to ideas
  • Becoming a great facilitator (and how that differs from teaching)
  • Building buy in
  • Dealing with difficult personalities
  • Keeping meetings focused
  • Catalyzing a more innovative culture across campus over the long-term
  • Designing a personal design challenge

As a bonus, participants completing this training eligible to apply for a $1000 CTE innovation grant to run their own design challenge.

Design Thinking Facilitation Deep Dive is one of two interlocking May 2018 events that kicks of USCreativity, a yearlong showcase of creative and innovative activity from across our campus and community.

When:              May 14-18, 2018

 M/Tu (8:30-5:30): Facilitation training

                          W/Th (8:30-6:30): Co-facilitate The Great Gamecock Design Challenge

                          F (8:30-4:30): Map your own design challenge

 Who:                Nominated faculty/staff representing a diversity of areas

 Cost:                Free to accepted participants

 Apply:              Complete application form below by March 8, 2018 (please note: you do not need to apply separately for The Great Gamecock Design Challenge)

 Acceptance:     Applicants will be notified of acceptance status by March 19, 2018



Application Form

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