A design sprint to combat bias and advance diversity, equity, & inclusion.
At a time of so many national social challenges in a backdrop of global developments beyond our control, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless. However, the experience of coming together, even virtually, to harness our collective power to drive positive change in the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship is still within us. We know that turning passions and ideas into practical solutions is not easy, but that’s where we come in.
**Please note that this event is for current GW students, staff, faculty, and recent alumni ONLY.**
The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in collaboration with Create&, a minority founded design sprint firm, hosts a special 3.5-hour design sprint to facilitate a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary skill-building workshop that focuses on key entrepreneurial concepts and practices to create new solutions to combat bias and advance diversity, equity, & inclusion.
THE DESIGN SPRINT
At the design sprint, we focus on finding innovative solutions for important, difficult, and messy problems related to creating a culture of inclusion in a complex, globally diverse world. Using a design thinking approach, we guide GW students through exploration and defining the problem set, ideation/generating new ideas, and presenting solutions while holding the needs of the potential user or customer as the primary focus. This includes hands-on exercises, collaboration, and co-creation skills.
Generally, design sprints help you answer critical questions through radical collaboration, rapid prototyping, and human-centered strategies. They are a flexible, time-boxed problem-solving framework that increases the chances of making something people want. What you get is a process that ignites innovation, empathy, and teamwork to turn ideas into action faster.
To enhance this design sprint and make it truly collaborative we will be using Mural, a digital workspace for visual collaboration. Think color paper stickies, whiteboards, and drawings but in a virtual landscape.
WHAT THIS IS
Hack for Inclusion and Social Justice is a three-and-a-half-hour virtual facilitated design sprint workshop open to all GW students to take place on Oct. 17, 2020, form 1:30 - 5 PM ET. It’s a safe space to come up with new ideas, businesses, and social enterprises to further possible solutions and changes to the world we find ourselves in. We are looking for thinkers, doers, and change agents.
WHAT THIS IS NOT
We acknowledge that issues such as combating bias and advancing diversity, equity, & inclusion are hot button issues that carry with it deep personal meaning and opinions. There will be many opportunities to discuss and debate current policies over the course of the year. However, this is not the place to have those in-depth discussions, debate, or confront one another. For some of you, this may be a stretch. Rather this is a space to collectively identify new ideas for positive change and explore innovative concepts with an open mind.
We are a design strategy firm that uses design sprints (a creative problem-solving framework) to help businesses, entrepreneurs, and community institutions design ecosystems of change that launch big ideas and solve their most wicked problems. We also train future makers in the design sprint framework, so that they can apply entrepreneurial skills and innovation to solve big problems and test new ideas, quickly.
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Gabe Arteaga, CoFounder, CEO of Create&, has dedicated his career to being a proponent for hard-working, low-income families. Most recently, he led the strategic vision and implementation for a coalition of over 230 community colleges in 23 states as the National Manager for The Democracy Commitment, with the goal to engage students in civic engagement to prepare them for democratic life and action upon graduation.
Prior to that, Gabe worked for various members of Congress, both in California and Washington D.C., including California Senator Barbara Boxer, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, and Congressman Eric Swalwell. His primary areas of focus included higher education, immigration, healthcare, foreign affairs, community development, and Latinx engagement.