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Forward Faster By Design

BREAKFAST SERIES

Forward Faster is a monthly series in which we explore how the principles and practices of Human-Centered Design can fuel business, civic, and social innovation.

Designing With, Not For

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

McColl Center for Art + Innovation

721 N. Tryon St.

Charlotte, NC 28202

 

7:30am - 8:00am  Light Breakfast

8:00am - 9:00am  Program

 

$20 General Admission

 

Discounted tickets available for Education, Government, and Non-Profit employees

It's easy to think that the best approach to solving complex problems is to get leaders and/or experts in a room together and let them come up with solutions based on their accumulated knowledge and wisdom. But there's a better way.

 

In this session, we'll explore why going beyond the "usual suspects" and involving employees, customers, partners, and other key stakeholders in a participatory design approach leads to solutions that are truly human-centered. We'll also discuss the benefits of actively seeking out non-experts (we call them "Zero-Gravity Thinkers") and naysayers early in the design process and why giving key stakeholders space to contribute to a solution improves the likelihood of sustainable buy-in.

 

 

Special Guests

Rob Phocas
Director of Sustainability
City of Charlotte

Banu Valladares
Executive Director
Charlotte Bilingual Preschool

Can Social Innovators Change the World?

Friday, July, 13th, 2018

McColl Center for Art + Innovation

721 N. Tryon St.

Charlotte, NC 28202

 

7:30am - 8:00am  Light Breakfast

8:00am - 9:00am  Program

 

$20 General Admission

 

Discounted tickets available for Education, Government, and Non-Profit employees

The Stanford Social Innovation Review defines social innovation as "a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals."

 

In this session, we'll hear from local leaders who are leveraging the power of innovation and design to address some of our most intractable social challenges, such as economic mobility and early childhood education. And (spoiler alert), they are indeed changing the world, one family, one organization, and one community at a time.

Special Guest

Charlie Elberson
VP Insights Strategist / Primary Trustee & Advisor
Wray Ward / Reimprise Fund

Collaboration That Works: Harnessing the Power of We

Friday, August 10th, 2018

McColl Center for Art + Innovation

721 N. Tryon St.

Charlotte, NC 28202

 

7:30am - 8:00am  Light Breakfast

8:00am - 9:00am  Program

 

$20 General Admission

 

Discounted tickets available for Education, Government, and Non-Profit employees

The myth of the lone genius is just that, a myth. But effective collaboration, whether across departments or across organizations, is hard. Really hard. The good news is there are ways to make it less difficult and thus more fruitful and sustainable.  

 

In this session, we'll explore some of the barriers to effective collaboration and offer practical tips for how to overcome them. 

 

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

(African proverb)

Space Invaders: Environments That Foster Innovation

Friday, September 14th, 2018

McColl Center for Art + Innovation

721 N. Tryon St.

Charlotte, NC 28202

 

7:30am - 8:00am  Light Breakfast

8:00am - 9:00am  Program

 

$20 General Admission

 

Discounted tickets available for Education, Government, and Non-Profit employees

Our physical environment can have an outsized impact on how we work, think, and play. This, in turn, affects how well we innovate.

 

In this session, we'll look at ways we can alter our workspace to inspire and facilitate creative collaboration.

Special Guest

Jeff Grant
Director of Product Innovation
InVue

Where Good Ideas Come From

Friday, October 12th, 2018

McColl Center for Art + Innovation

721 N. Tryon St.

Charlotte, NC 28202

 

7:30am - 8:00am  Light Breakfast

8:00am - 9:00am  Program

 

$20 General Admission

 

Discounted tickets available for Education, Government, and Non-Profit employees

What sparks great ideas? And can we intentionally adopt practices that foster the development of good ideas?

 

In this session, we'll explore some of the concepts from Steven Johnson's book, Where Good Ideas Come From, such as "the adjacent possible." We'll also share a few pro tips for facilitating effective brainstorming meetings.

Ideas Without Execution Are Hobbies

Friday, November 9th, 2018

McColl Center for Art + Innovation

721 N. Tryon St.

Charlotte, NC 28202

 

7:30am - 8:00am  Light Breakfast

8:00am - 9:00am  Program

 

$20 General Admission

 

Discounted tickets available for Education, Government, and Non-Profit employees

The title of this session comes from a quote by Phil McKinney, formerly the Director of Innovation at HP, and it's a sentiment that anyone who is serious about getting stuff done understands. So what can we do to move from ideas to implementation?

 

In this session, we'll look at how successful organizations develop, test, and launch new concepts. We'll also share insights on how to effectively seek and respond to feedback on new ideas when they are still in their early stages of development and fragile.

Can Elephants Learn to Dance?

Friday, December 14th, 2018

McColl Center for Art + Innovation

721 N. Tryon St.

Charlotte, NC 28202

 

7:30am - 8:00am  Light Breakfast

8:00am - 9:00am  Program

 

$20 General Admission

 

Discounted tickets available for Education, Government, and Non-Profit employees

Anyone who's ever worked inside a large, bureaucratic organization knows how difficult it can be to spark and sustain a change in "how things are done around here." But it is possible, and you don't have to be the top dog to make it happen.

 

In this session, we'll hear from corporate innovators and change agents about how they have influenced change in their organizations and guided the adoption of new ways of working.