Innovation Leaders – Detroit MI

This 2-day workshop provides school leaders and transformational educators with the chance to build skills and work collaboratively to identify opportunities for change in their schools and to design small-scale, implementable prototypes that have the potential to lead to big-scale change.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop skills and techniques to lead with empathy
  • Reframe problems to address root causes of wicked problems
  • Build responses and prepare to implement proposed solutions

Your fee for Innovation Leaders includes the workshop, associated materials, and breakfast/lunch/snack on both days of the session. Limited spots are available. Register by April 30, 2017 to receive our early bird discount.


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 Leaders – 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Read “Creating Innovators: Why America’s Education System is Obsolete,” in which Tony Wagner makes the case that Innovation and Creativity skills can and should be taught, are key for improving our economy, and require a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.