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Forward Faster by Design


Join our monthly innovation event in Charlotte

Forward Faster is a monthly event series in which we explore how Human-Centered Design can fuel business, civic, and social innovation. The one-hour sessions are typically a mix of brief presentations and/or discussions with innovation practitioners followed by small group conversations. Now in its fifth year, Forward Faster has morphed into a virtual forum where people from a wide variety of backgrounds "collide and connect" with others who share an interest in creativity, innovation, and design. If this sounds like your kind of tribe, make plans to join us at an upcoming event. 

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Drop Your Tools: Rethinking the Road Ahead

Friday, May 21st, 2021

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET
Virtual Event via Zoom
$10 General Admission*
*Discounted tickets available for Education, Non-Profit, and Government professionals

In 1949, fifteen elite wildland firefighters were deployed to battle a wildfire in Montana. Commonly referred to as Smoke Jumpers, they parachuted in with their axes, saws, and shovels while also wearing 20-pound packs. Unfortunately, the fire exploded out of control, forcing them to run for their lives. Twelve of the men perished before they could reach safety at the top of a steep hill, in large part because they were either unable or unwilling to drop their tools. 


As we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, the landscape is different in obvious and not-so-obvious ways. As such, leaders and organizations would be well served by re-examining the assumptions and beliefs that drive what they do, how they do it, and whom they serve. 

At our next Forward Faster by Design event, we'll lead a mini-workshop called “Drop Your Tools: Rethinking the Road Ahead”. In this session, we’ll look at some of the invisible forces and cognitive biases that can keep us locked on our current path, even if it's a road to ruin. We’ll also share specific actions we can take to battle these forces and rethink the road ahead, regardless of position or industry. 

"The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions."
- Ellen Glasgow