Community Design for Leaders
June 2 – June 16
Tuition: Student/Non-profit: $750, Corporate: $1100

If every leader achieved their goals of representational diversity, what would happen next? How do we truly relocate power and decision making in our organizational structures, strategies and culture? How do we collectively understand and envision the future of organizational leadership; a future where power isn’t held by one, but by many.

This paradigm shift will require leaders to adopt new mindsets, develop new best practices, and build new relationships. It will require bravery, creativity and resilience — and space for collective inquiry. And the good news is, there’s a path.

Community Design is a community-generated design framework from the 1960s and ’70′s that’s made a resurgence in the last several years. Unlike Human-Centered-Design, Community Design provides a path to shift not only who is doing the work but what the work is and how it is done.

Leaders will leave with:

  • Knowledge: A deep understanding of the role of design in private and public sector mission-driven work and what it means for your leadership practice
  • Resources: Models, templates, tools and tactics to shift to a framework of power, belonging and inclusion
  • Community: New relationships and a virtual community of support, scholarship and practice

This intensive is facilitated by Sloan Leo (they/them), the Founder & CEO of FLOX Studio Inc. and faculty in the MFA Design for Social Innovation (DSI) program. For more information on FLOX Studio and Sloan Leo, check them out here. For more information about MFA DSI check them out here.

All profits from this course will be used to support MFA DSI’s new Equity in Design Scholarship Fund. We created the scholarship to address intersectional inequalities in design and promote equitable opportunities starting with our own student community. This will be our first time offering the scholarship, which will grant $10,000 to an incoming student each year. We seek to grow and iterate on this initiative to create pathways in design to support and sustain diverse, creative leaders.

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Please note that this course is open to all. The following questions are for us to get to know you better and stay in touch. As long as your application and deposit are received before May 3, 2021, the first 50 registrants will be accepted.

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