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Workshop: The Impact of Human-Centered Design and Storytelling (Bay Area)



Date: December 7, 2018
Time: 9:00-3:00
Where: 826 Valencia (map)

Fee: $300 members; ($450 non-members) **Register for all four Impact Lab Series sessions $1,000


The Impact of Human-Centered Design and Storytelling (Bay Area)


As independent schools endeavor to make a positive impact in their local communities, they have become more cognizant of the power of effectively partnering around shared goals with other community organizations. Human-Centered Design (HCD) and storytelling serve as vital tools in supporting educators and students to move from good intentions to positive impact. Our first Impact Lab session will explore how these two practices serve to develop empathy and guide thinking and acting when it comes to solving complex social challenges.

During this dynamic and interactive workshop participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the Human-Centered Design process and how it has helped schools and communities move their work forward
  • Learn about and practice “empathic listening”
  • Examine the connection between empathy and storytelling as a means for  social change
  • Explore a variety of effective storytelling techniques  (imaginative, digital, cultural)
  • Apply their learning to projects underway or planned for in their schools to promote active citizenship

This workshop is the first in a four-part series. We invite you to learn more about each session and hope that you will join us for one, two, or all four sessions.

Session 1 – The Impact of Human-Centered Design and Storytelling

Session 2 – The Impact of People and Communities Working Together

Session 3 – The Impact of Finance and Entrepreneurship

Session 4 – The Impact of Small Actions Towards Big Change

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Judi Brown

Judi Brown

Judi Brown, as co-founder and Chief Impact Officer with CivicMakers, leads impact evaluation, curriculum development, trainings and co-design sessions with a variety of public sector clients. Her work is grounded in multi disciplinary and multi sectoral approaches with a lens toward equity and inclusion. Prior to CivicMakers, Judi worked as a Design Strategist with Collective Invention, a social innovation firm working primarily in education and community development. She has applied human-centered design with diverse stakeholder groups, from women business owners in Kenya, to small farmers in Nicaragua, to employees at the state of California. Judi holds a Master of Public Administration in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School. When she's not geeking out about shifting paradigms, you will most likely find her on a bicycle.
Stacey Kertsman

Stacey Kertsman

Stacey Kertsman is Dean of Equity Education and Social Impact and Director of the Center for Awareness, Compassion, and Engagement (ACE), Castilleja School, Palo Alto, CA. Stacey’s years as a classroom teacher, school administrator, non-profit founder/leader, and mother inform her belief that experiential learning optimizes the development of social and emotional skills in students and supports their development in becoming social change agents. In 2008, Stacey co-founded eduWeavers, a non-profit dedicated to partnering schools in the United States and South Africa around the concept of reciprocal learning. In 2010 she was awarded the title “Teacher of the Future” by the National Association of Independent Schools for her focus on the use of technology and emphasis on global education in the classroom to create an innovative platform for teaching 21st century skills. She currently serves as an advisory board member to the America India Foundation, Roshni Academy, and The School Fund.
Annie Makela

Annie Makela

Annie Makela works at the intersection of social impact and education. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and finance as a vehicle for social change. Annie recently accepted her dream job at Hillbrook School, launching the Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship. She asks everyone she meets two questions: "What matters to you? What are you doing about it?" Previously, Annie taught 2nd grade at Greenwich Country Day School and at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. Annie is a graduate of Middlebury College and was part of the team that launched the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Middlebury. In the summer, Annie is a lifelong intern at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado.
Guybe Slangen

Guybe Slangen

Guybe Slangen is the Director of Community Engagement at San Francisco Friends School, a K-8 Quaker school in the Mission District. He joined SFFS in 2009 from the Head-Royce School where he was the Upper School Dean of Students and taught ninth grade history. Prior to that he taught in independent schools in both Colorado and New York. At Friends his work centers around building and sustaining strong relationships between the school and the greater community, be it in the Mission or around the globe. He helped launch and currently serves on the board of Horizons at SF Friends School, a public-private partnership that supports low income students in the neighborhood. Guybe also serves on the board of the National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP), an organization that works to advance public-private partnerships in support of teaching and learning.
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