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Build new skills to confront society’s biggest challenges through a hands-on weekend retreat guided by Design Thinking experts and surrounded by a network of other social impact innovators. 

 UPCOMING WEEKEND RETREATS:

 

 

Starts at 8:00 AM, Saturday

Ends at 5:30 PM, Sunday

January 12th and 13th

Bay Area, California

If you can't make it to these dates but want to be notified when we open enrollment in the future, sign up here.

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WHO IS THIS FOR?  

Our retreat participants are those who have decided there are problems in the world that can’t be ignored. Instead of waiting for someone else to solve these problems, they themselves want to learn the skills needed to solve them. We call them social impact innovators. They might be working for a large non-profit to address homelessness, a government to fix the criminal justice system, an emergency response organization to deal with the aftermath of hurricanes, fighting, independently, for the rights of traditionally marginalized groups, or working on another social issue that affects life outcomes for those in need. Our Design Thinking for Social Impact retreats are designed for those who are actively working to confront complex social challenges but who want to develop new skills and techniques for making the impact they seek in a deeper way. If that sounds like you, you have a specific challenge you’re working to address from homelessness to healthcare, and you’re looking to build a network of other social impact innovators who are committed to making the world a better place, we hope to hear from you.

If you’re unsure if you fit the definition or if you’re new to social impact but are still interested in learning new skills, drop us a line telling us what you do or what you want to do and we’ll let you know how we can help!

WHAT WILL I LEARN AT THIS RETREAT?

  • Learn and practice the 8 design thinking abilities that will make you an effective Social Impact innovator.

  • Learn the Foundational Design Thinking process, which will help you know what to do next when you get stuck.

  • Learn to engage multiple stakeholders, even if they have differing viewpoints.

  • Learn to frame a multi-stakeholder design process so that your collaborators will try a new approach.

  • Learn how to get more information when your team’s solution doesn’t work.

  • Learn how to create small tests of your ideas to see if they’re on the right path before committing too much time and money to them.

  • Advance part of your own project and receive expert coaching and input from experienced facilitators and a network of other social impact innovators.

HOW DO I KNOW THIS RETREAT IS RIGHT FOR ME?

If the answer to some of these questions is yes, this retreat might be a good fit for you.

  • Do you want to have a creative process you can follow repeatedly when addressing social problems?

  • Do you want to be abe to stop a group that’s constantly shooting down ideas saying “No, but” and instead get them to say “Yes, and?”

  • Do you want the ability to lead a brainstorming session with people who have never brainstormed?

  • Do you want to be able to deconstruct a solution from a problem and help others see the difference?

  • Do you want to be able to use the 8 abilities to navigate the social impact design process at will?

  • Do you want to meet some remarkable people and make friends with others who are working to make a difference?

JOIN US FOR AN INCREDIBLE WEEKEND.

Additional Information


SCHEDULE?

  • The schedule for the Design Thinking Impact Retreat is packed full of networking opportunities, deep thought experiments, and coaching from experienced Design Thinking professionals.  We will run 8 am - 5:30 pm Saturday - Sunday.

  • These retreats are intense, and they are most beneficial when everyone comes prepared to be mentally present.  We ask that you limit phone time while with the group and refrain from scheduling other work activities. We’ll make sure you have coffee breaks to keep you energized!

  • Please note that you will have some pre-work to do before the weekend of the retreat.  Please set aside 4 hours of time, some of which will be spent on the phone with others (and thus will likely be during daytime hours). More information about this will be sent to you after enrollment.

  • Lunch will be provided.  Please come well-rested and caffeinated to your liking in order to be ready for a full day!

COST?

  • Our programs cost $866/participant

  • This cost includes:

    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, snacks, coffee, and housing

    • 19 hours of instruction from professional Design Thinking and Social Impact experts

    • Post-retreat access to an ever-expanding group of social impact entrepreneurs

HOW MANY PARTICIPANTS ARE YOU ACCEPTING?

  • Each retreat will have 20 spots reserved for participants, and there will be no more than 10 participants per coach.  You will have small group and one-on-one time with others.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

  • People doing socially important work interested in expanding their social impact skill sets and learning design thinking.

DO I HAVE TO ALREADY BE WORKING TO OVERCOME A SPECIFIC SOCIAL PROBLEM TO ATTEND?

  • This retreat is designed for those already working to address a particular social impact issue. That doesn’t mean you can’t be at the beginning of that process but you should have a good idea of who the people are that you want to serve to make this experience worthwhile. You’ll need to be able to engage with these individuals directly, either via phone call or in person, prior to the retreat.

WILL THERE BE A CERTIFICATE?

  • We do not provide certificates, but are happy to provide a letter stating that you have completed the program and detailing the skills you learned upon your request.

WHAT’S THE FOOD LIKE?

  • We source food for the retreat from a variety of local restaurants! We will ask you about dietary restrictions ahead of the retreat to make sure all nutritional needs are met.

WHERE SHOULD I STAY?

  • Housing will be included in the cost of the retreat. We host our retreats at beautiful retreat centers within a two hour drive of the Bay Area.

WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?

Design Thinking for Social Impact Retreats are competitive programs with a limited number of available spots. Because we accept students on a rolling basis, enrollment into the program followed by later cancellation means that another social impact innovator is unable to participate. Because of this, we are unable to offer full refunds.

Program Withdrawal Date & Percentage of Tuition Returned information is as follows:

  • Withdrawal 45 days before program start: 75% of tuition returned

  • Withdrawal 30 days before program start: 50% of tuition returned

  • Withdrawal 20 days before program start 25% of tuition returned