Innovation Collaborative for Design Thinking – Detroit MI

This 2-day seminar is for educators who are already familiar with the basics of Design Thinking and want to share successes, challenges, and questions with others. Participants will have an opportunity to:

• Share Design Thinking resources
• Network with others engaged in Design Thinking
• Participate in focused activities to deepen their understanding of Design Thinking
• Strengthen their facilitation skills
• Expand their individual tool kits

Your fee for Innovation Collaborative for Design Thinking includes the workshop, materials, and breakfast/lunch/snack. Limited spots are available. Register by April 30, 2017 to receive our early bird discount!

Register for Innovation Collaborative for Design Thinking

Plan Your Visit

Our Detroit summer workshops will be held at Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, a public school in a public space at the College for Creative Studies’ award-winning Taubman Center for Design Education. HFA: SCS is located at 485 W. Milwaukee, Detroit MI 48202.

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Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies

485 W. Milwaukee

Detroit, MI 48202

Explore restaurants, local music and other events at or

Walk the newly transformed Detroit Riverfront or take a Princess Cruise.

Hit Comerica Park to see the Detroit Tigers.

Hit The Ground Running

For participants in the Innovation Collaborative for Design Thinking – Detroit MI workshop, please review the materials below prior to the workshop

Review Chapter 1 of the book “The Art of Innovation” by Tom Kelly, brother to David Kelly, the founder of IDEO. The first chapter discusses the shopping cart re-design, as a way to illustrate the important principle IDEO uses in its process. Use this reading to understand the goal of a “deep dive,” the importance of user-centered design in innovation, and different practices that support the principles of innovation.


Read “Creating Innovators: Why America’s Education System is Obsolete,” in which Tony Wagner makes the case that Innovation and Creativity skills can and should be taught, are key for improving our economy, and require a different approach to education. Forbes Magazine, 4/25/12.