Design Thinking: Learning about human-centered innovation
“Design Thinking” and “Human-Centered” are hot buzzwords in the business community. Next Wednesday, Idea Festival, Innovation Exchange, and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence are partnering to present an event that combines the two.
“DESIGN THINKING: Human-Centered Innovation” is a casual, “TED Talks” style event that is, according to the press release, “designed to create supportive experiences for social innovators to learn and exchange ideas.”
The event takes place at the Walden Theatre at 1123 Payne Street. The sessions start at 9 a.m. and the cost is $8 with breakfast included.
According to the Center for Non-Profit Excellence website:
We are going to give you an overview of a process you can use to employ design thinking and human centered innovation in all aspects of your life, personal and professional. We will start with an overview of innovation, and then this new process. We will highlight this process in an example that will help show the power this process has. Then, we will form small teams and practice using this process on an example that we have created for this workshop. You should leave with the tools you need including the confidence gained in applying this process and seeing just how well it works.
Rick Johnson from Kentucky Science & Technology Corp. is doing the presentation, which he developed in collaboration with Innovation Exchange. Johnson joined KSTC in February 2011 as Technology Commercialization Executive in Residence. Previously he ran two closely held electronic manufacturing companies and divisions of two publicly traded electronic manufacturing companies.
The current Innovation Exchange members are:
- Alison Huff of the Walden Theatre
- Julia Inman from Creative Solutions
- Howard Mason from New Possibilities Associates
- Merv Antonio, Director of Learning at CNPE
- Gil D. Reyes with Congressman Yarmuth & Theatre 
- Tobby Spalding with Ctr. for Interfaith Relations
The Innovation Exchange is “a safe place to explore, learn, and co-create around innovation.” The organization creates experiences for social innovators to learn and exchange ideas. $8 is probably a steal just to hobnob with these creative professionals.