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Design Thinking Workshops

First Person Impact

Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 11:30 AM to 2:45 PM (PDT)

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Experience the power and joy of the revolutionary process of innovation known as Design Thinking and help find solutions to one of Palo Alto’s most pressing civic problems…in just 75 minutes.

Our free workshop, Watch+Design For Civic Impact, brought to you by SAP and First Person Impact, is a fast-paced, hands-on introduction to Design Thinking that will get your creative juices flowing.

The workshop starts with a sustainability-related design challenge and covers four interactive design steps (frame, imagine, make, test). Each step is illustrated and explained by short clips from a PBS documentary film, Extreme By Design, about Stanford d.school students who use the same Design Thinking skills to create low-cost products for the world’s poor. As a workshop participant, you will come away with a physical prototype you yourself have made and with a renewed sense that you really can change the world around you. 

After the workshops, join KQED for a sneak preview of Extreme By Design in its entirety (57 minutes) in an adjacent screening room at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

An additional Design Thinking Workshop will be offered on a walk-in basis at Idea Hackathon #3 on Sustainability from 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. at 542 High St.


  • SAP, a workshop sponsor with operations located in Palo Alto, is a global leader in enterprise software and software-related services worldwide.
  • First Person Impact is a Palo Alto-based firm dedicated to discovering, developing and delivering local civic leaders who connect and create scalable systemic change for the common good. FPI produces Leadership Palo Alto, a civic leadership acceleration program and First Person, a video interview series featuring trailblazers in Palo Alto and Silicon Valley, plus special events that catalyze creative civic engagement.
  • Hawkview Pictures, a film production company based in Portola Valley, developed the film-driven Watch+Design Workshop with its partners at the Stanford d.school. Visit us online, and on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the origins of the workshop, see this recent d.school blogpost. 
  • WorkSpring, a workshop sponsor with facilities in Palo Alto, provides purpose-built space for corporate co-working, group sessions, extended projects, and social events. 

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, this workshop is available to you at no cost. However, space is limited so pre-registration for one of the 2 sessions is recommended. Best suited for adults and mature teens.

Have questions about Design Thinking Workshops? Contact First Person Impact

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660 High St
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 11:30 AM to 2:45 PM (PDT)

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