Events & Media


Chapter “Developing portable, powerful Design Thinking: Innovators’ Compass” in Stanford REDLab (Research in Education and Design)’s book Taking Design Thinking to School (or on Amazon). November, 2016

Guest blog post Work Through Any Problem With The Innovators’ Compass for
April, 2016

Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career (The 99U Book Series)
Essay “Keeping a Diary to Catalyze Creativity
September, 2013



Podcast Journeys Podcast
Interview about Innovators’ Compass and Design Thinking with Chris Davis. March 2017.

Results May Vary Podcast
Interview about the Innovators’ Compass and its development with Tracy Deluca and Chris Waugh. Recorded August 2015. Published March 2016.


Future public events

United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) 
Co-Facilitating workshop “Reimagine Engagement in Care” with Leo Moore, MD.
September 8, 2017


Past events with video

University of Cyprus Centre for Entrepreneurship Event Series 
Talk, discussion with Panos Panay of Berklee School of Music, and Workshop on Innovators’ Compass (VIDEOS)
May 2016

edX/MITx u.lab: Leading From The Emerging Future 
Guest Faculty for prototyping (interview VIDEO), coached participants globally in prototyping, Co-led bootcamp for social prototyping at MIT.
February 2015, October 2015

Dartmouth Thayer School
IDEO Innovation Seminar and Workshop (VIDEO)
February 2012


Other past events

National Science Teachers of America (NSTA) Annual STEM Forum
Co-facilitated Featured Administrator Workshop: Design Thinking: A Hands-On Workshop for Navigating Challenges in Your Class, School, and Life with Garrett Mason.
July 2017
Panelist for Invited Panel “Design Thinking and Experiential Learning” and Workshop Presenter on Innovators’ Compass. July 2016

Front End of Innovation Conference
Co-facilitated featured workshop Design Thinking in your Pocket: An Introduction to the Innovators’ Compass with Dan Coleman. May 2017

Co-facilitated 2-hour workshop Design + Leadership with Kaleb Rashad (High Tech High) and Eric Chagala (Vista Innovation and Design Academy). March 2017

Co-presented “Learning to Nurture Designers” Playground Talk with Jessica Huang, MIT D-Lab, March 2016

4.0 Schools Community Summit
Workshop Presenter on Innovators’ Compass, January 2016 & February 2017

Design Camp San Diego 
Double workshops on Innovators’ Compass, January 2014

Harvard Learning Environments for Tomorrow (LEFT)
Mentor and Judge (2014), Design Lab leader (2015), Faculty Co-Chair (2016-17)

Berklee School of Music Creative Entrepreneurship Summer Program, Northeastern University LEVEL Entrepreneurship Summer Program
Guest Faculty leading workshops on Innovators’ Compass. July 2016 & July 2017

Alliance for Community Media Annual Conference
Workshop “Inspiring Change with Human-Centered Design” with Kathy Bisbee. August 18, 2016

edX/MITx u.lab: Leading From The Emerging Future 
I again have the honor of being Guest Faculty supporting participants prototyping in their projects around the globe in this incredible online course by Otto Scharmer and his team.
Sept-Oct 2016

Big Picture Learning “Big Bang” annual conference
Workshop Presenter on Innovators’ Compass. July 2016

Wellesley Public Schools Professional Day
Panelist and Workshop presenter following screening of Most Likely To Succeed film. December 2015

New York Community Trust Cultural Agenda Fund Cultural Advocacy and Equity Program
Facilitator, 50 NY Arts organizations in collective visioning and collaborative project design, including rapid prototyping of cultural advocacy projects. July 2015

Accenture Boston International Women’s Day Event: Listen, Learn, Lead
Keynote: Listen, Learn, Lead for a Future by Design. February 2015

ITSMF (Information Technology Senior Management Forum)
Symposium Workshop:  How will Design Thinking help YOU make a difference? August 2014

Boston Design ThinkTank
Team mentor (2014, 2015) for teams addressing City of Boston design challenges

MIT Education DesignShop
Mentor-at-Large for teams. May 2014

The Creativity Center at Hampshire College
Community change “deep dive”:  “Design Thinking from the Emerging Future”. March 2014

Presencing Institute Global Forum
“Invitation to Prototyping” worksession .February 2014

SXSW Interactive
Panel: “Fools Fear Failure: Designing Better Ways to Fail’  (AUDIO)
with Sean Hewens (, Ashley Good (Admitting Failure), and Jaspal Sandhu. March 2013

Babson Entrepreneurship Forum
Design Thinking Workshop. November 2012

Harvard Family Research Project /Head Start National Learning Communities Meeting
Keynote & Design Thinking workshop. March 2012