Human Centered Design Workshop

Designing Innovative Solutions for Social Challenges

Human Centered Design: Designing Innovative Solutions for Social Challenges Workshop

Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship presents the Human Centered Design: Designing Innovative Solutions for Social Challenges workshop. This experiential and interactive workshop exposes students to the tools, tactics, and frameworks used by innovators, entrepreneurs, and designers to empathize with populations they seek to serve, define problem sets, and come up with innovative solutions.

What Will I Learn

Tools gained at this workshop will benefit those with a passion for social change, inclusion and diversity, and those at the early stages of exploring their own innovations, ideas, nonprofits, and social enterprises. No prior experience with design thinking is necessary to attend. We encourage participation from teams and individuals that have identified a problem they would like to solve.


Social and civic innovators and entrepreneurs around the world are tackling some of the most complex and challenging social problems of our time. These innovators use the design thinking and human-centered design methods to provide impactful solutions in the US and across the globe. This workshop will dive into design thinking as a way to help students frame problems and create solutions to social and environmental issues.

About the Facilitators

Scott Stein is the Associate Director for Student Entrepreneurship at GW. Scott has worked with Ben & Jerry's, the State of Oregon, Main Street Alliance, and as a social entrepreneur, facilitator, and design thinker developing and implementing new approaches to solving social problems.

Three learning outcomes

  • Learning aspects of human-centered design methodology for problem solving
  • Generating empathy, ideation techniques, and identifying users and customers
  • Using the Social Business Model Canvas as a way to assess ideas

Limited Availability

This workshop is limited to 30 participants. A wait list will start after 30 first people have registered.

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