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Out of the Studio and into the Streets: Using Design Thinking to Advance Equity and Sustainability

January 27, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


Part of the series: Critical Conversations About Diversity and Justice

The emerging field of “Design Thinking” brings design concepts out of the exclusive world of architecture, fashion, graphics, and product/service design, into broader society.

Focused on deep listening, user experience and engagement, holistic thinking, creativity, collaboration, and experimentation, this process is now being applied in many areas including: business, education, and health care. It is also being used to address economic inequity, ecological and economic sustainability, and issues relating to cultural, political, and environmental changes.

Design thinking has the potential to tap and include creative ideas of the many rather than the few, in a design decision-making process that can help create a common future. How does design thinking engage affected community members in the entire design process (empathy; problem definition; ideation; prototyping, testing)?

Join us as we discuss these questions and more with professionals from architecture and urban planning, education, health care, community activism, and the arts.


Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson, Director, Family and Partnerships, Minneapolis Public Schools; DeAnna Dodds Cummings, Chief Executive Officer, Juxtaposition Arts; Thomas Fisher, Director, Minnesota Design Center, University of Minnesota College of Design; Teddie Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Inclusivity and Diversity, University of Minnesota School of Nursing.  Moderator:  Virajita Singh, Assistant Vice Provost, Office for Equity and Diversity, University of Minnesota.

About the series

The Critical Conversations About Diversity and Justice series began in September 2012. All sessions are livestreamed and video recorded, so past sessions can be accessed at any time. Every conversation in the series takes place on a Friday, from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in the Givens Conference Room (120 Elmer Andersen Library, on the U’s West Bank Campus).

The Critical Conversations series is sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Office for Equity and Diversity and co-sponsored by the University Libraries. These conversations are open to all students, staff, faculty and community members, and do not require a reservation. Please use the hashtag #OEDCriticalConversation on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). 


January 27, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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