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I know you won’t judge me

Dearest Sanctuaries,  I deeply appreciate the love, compassion, and care with which you treat me.…

You’re the best

Dear Arts Wisconsin, I’m writing this letter to let you know that I love you.…

I am still feeling the same glow

  A patron, artist, writer and poet shares: Dear Carrack Gallery, I’d like to thank…

Dear, Bench Diary

  “Welcome to my backyard! It’s the funniest thing just before I sat down I…

A Design Thinking Frame of Mind

Gain Empathy: Reflect Gain Empathy: Dig Deeper Reframe: Infer Insights Reframe: Set A Goal Creation:…

Designing Your Life

This post was originally part of a weeklong exploration of career paths on our ArtsJournal…

Extreme Users: Look Outside the Everyday Audience Member

We’re talking about advocacy for the arts over the next few days. Specifically, what’s our…

Design Thinking

Design thinking is an iterative process that helps you move from having a seed of an idea to a plan for experimenting on a small scale. Using design thinking, which is based in the scientific method, helps you question your assumptions and explore a wide range of possible solutions to the problem you are trying to solve.

Using Design Thinking

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, outlines some misconceptions about Design Thinking.

Design Thinking: Solving Right Problem

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, talks about the importance of challenging your question to ensure you are solving the right problem.

Design Thinking: Sampling Extreme Users

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, discusses the benefit you can gain from looking outside your everyday users and audiences.

Design Thinking: Experiment Forward

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, talks about the iterative approach of Design Thinking.

Design Thinking: How to Effectively Brainstorm

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, shares the Design Thinking approach to brainstorming.

Empathy Map

This lesson, developed by NAS in partnership with Suzi Sosa, Co-Founder and CEO of Verb, will walk you through a process to help you understand the circumstances and needs of the client.

Brainstorming Effectively

Brainstorming can be a powerful tool to help your team effectively generate ideas. In the Design Thinking process, it is used in the Ideation phase – after you have gathered information about the people you want to serve and are ready to formulate ideas on how to best address the problem at hand. As with any tool, how it is applied can make all the difference. Brainstorming can lead to mixed results, however we suggest that leading a group through this distinct process will yield the best outcome.

Brainstorming Effectively

An homage to instructional films of the late 1950s, this tongue-in-cheek short by the NAS team looks at the trials and tribulations of running a brainstorming meeting and outlines some useful techniques.

Design Thinking Isn’t a Miracle Cure, but Here’s How It Helps

With that helpful and perhaps needed disclaimer out of the way, writer/designer/consultant Helen Waters pens…

What is Design Thinking?

Suzi Sosa, Co-Founder and CEO of Verb, explains the concept of Design Thinking.

How do cultural institutions, particularly established ones, use Design Thinking?

Suzi Sosa, Co-Founder and CEO of Verb, talks about peeling away all the layers to get to the essence of your organization’s mission.

How the Magazine Industry Can Save Itself

This is an interesting piece from FastCompany about the challenges of content providers, which I think has important implications for arts organizations.

Mapping Business Models

This post introduces an interesting, knowledge-game approach to understanding and developing an organization’s strategic direction. It includes a mapping tool and suggestions for how to create a team session which can be focused in any number of ways.

Design Thinking for Social Innovation | Stanford Social Innovation Review

An article on the use of design thinking for tackling systemic social problems.