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FNCE 2019 PHCN DPG Design Thinking Workshop


PHCNPG Workshop on Design Thinking

Saturday, October 26, 2019 12 pm - 3 pm

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Approved for 3 hours of CEU

$25 - PHCN & Academy Members

$50- Non- Academy Members


How Might We Tackle Food Insecurity by applying Design Thinking Principles

This three-hour workshop will first explore how to use design thinking to engage in creative, collaborative problem-solving around one of the most important issues facing our field: food insecurity. In exploring this challenge, participants will learn about Innovators' Compass, a design thinking instrument that consolidates the disciplines’ methods and mindsets into a single, concrete tool. By the end of the workshop, participants will also be able to apply basic elements of design thinking to the questions they face in order to find innovative answers.

Learning Objectives:

• Discover how the design thinking process can be used to collaboratively and creatively solve problems;

• Discuss how the Innovators’ Compass serves to support metacognition while engaging in design thinking; and

• Apply design thinking methods and mindsets to a challenge in their field.


David Coffey, Ph. D.

Director of the Design Thinking Academy at Grand Valley State University

David Coffey, Ph.D. is a professor of mathematics and the director of the Design Thinking Academy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Academy’s mission is to prepare students as collaborative problem-solvers who contribute to finding solutions to the challenges of the future. Prior to being named director, Dr. Coffey worked with Design Thinking Academy students as a team coach, director of coaches, and as a workshop leader. He also contributed to Grand Valley’s overall Design Thinking Initiative.

Dr. Coffey has participated in several design thinking seminars including week-long workshops with the Henry Ford Learning Institute in Detroit and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University.




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