What is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking is a process for creative problem solving that has a human-centered core. It encourages organizations to focus on the people they're creating for, which leads to better products, services, and internal processes. When you sit down to create a solution for a business need, the first question should always be what's the human need behind it?

InnoPower has partnered with KSM Consulting to apply the Design Thinking framework to some of Central Indiana's most pressing social issues. We're convening curated groups of community leaders to pull together what’s desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable. Design Thinking Labs held during InnoPower allow those who aren't trained as designers to use creative tools to address a vast range of challenges. The process starts with taking action and understanding the right questions. It’s about embracing simple mindset shifts and tackling problems from a new direction.

Design Thinking Labs Schedule

FRIDAY, JULY 19  |  11:15 AM - 1:15 PM

Challenge: Recruiting, connecting, supporting and retaining educators of color in Indianapolis.

Champion: The Mind Trust

Across the country, the need to recruit and retain more teachers is an important and urgent priority. In Indianapolis, across all types of schools, district, innovation, and charter, the supply is not meeting the demand for positions.

With each teacher loss, there is a ripple effect across the education system. For the student, this may result in a lost relationship, missing stable adult, and in the case of school year departure, access to a high-quality educational experience. For the school, teacher turnover results in a loss of institutional knowledge and community.

And, as is true in other cities, Indiana’s teaching force also does not currently mirror the student population. In 2016, the student population in center township was 79.3 percent of students identified as students of color and 20.7 percent of white. In the same year, teachers of color in center township schools made up a total of 25.1 percent of the teaching force while 74.9 percent of the teachers identified as white.

It is our hope in this session to generate ideas and potential next steps to ensuring our city is taking effective steps to recruit, connect, support and retain all teachers, in particular our teachers of color to ensure all students receive equitable access to the best educators for the students of Indianapolis.

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SATURDAY, JULY 20  |  11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Challenge: Driving a more inclusive workforce development strategy in Central Indiana.

Champion: Liz Huldin (Founder & CEO, Catalytic)

More details coming soon

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