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Wednesday, March 29 • 3:10pm - 4:35pm
What is, what if, what wows, and what works: Design Thinking for Problem Solving, Innovation, and Leadership (Part 2) LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available


  • Marsha Taichman, Visual Resources Librarian, Cornell University

  • Betha Whitlow, Curator of Visual Resources, Washington University in Saint Louis

Limit 25 participants.

First workshop is free, additional workshops are $15.

Online Registration: December 5, 2016 - March 17, 2017

We are led to believe that the ability to innovate is reserved for people born with a special gift. Even for individuals for whom creativity and thinking outside of the box comes more easily, the tension between risk and reward can stifle our ability to approach both our day-to-day professional responsibilities and new problems in thoughtful and forward-thinking ways. There is a natural tendency to focus on obvious facts and familiar solutions, which do not necessarily best address the problems. We often take on issues with the best recipe and the exact ingredients already in hand, resulting in what we think is the perfect dish and then end up unintentionally serving meat to vegetarians.  Design thinking is about throwing away the recipe, and building more thoughtful, human-centered, appropriate solutions through a process of reflection, deconstruction, brainstorming, and experimentation. While the method is often associated with artists and inventors, the strategies it employs are simple and accessible to everyone.  Through a combination of instruction, demonstrations and group exercises, this workshop will examine the various approaches and techniques of design thinking, and how to effectively apply them in our professional lives for problem solving, innovation, personal growth, and leadership.    Note: If you want to learn more about how to apply design thinking within the context of project management, register for "An Introduction to Project Management.”

Endorsed by VRA Education Committee


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Marsha Taichman

VIsual Resources & Public Services Librarian, Cornell University
Embedded in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Taichman works with artists directly and helps them execute their research and maintain documentation related to their art. She has worked with museum archives and in gallery settings, and is interested in the challenges and... Read More →

Betha Whitlow

Lee Enterprises

Wednesday March 29, 2017 3:10pm - 4:35pm
Salon A-B

Attendees (13)