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NCI Charrettes + Design Thinking

Harvard University GSD Executive Education
Jun 26, 2017
Cambridge, MA


This program merges the NCI Charrette System with Design Thinking to offer an advanced collaborative innovation process. Through this training, you will learn to activate the unique creative potential of all stakeholders as they engage in creating a transformative plan. Whether you are working on a community design, public policy, or a company’s strategic plan, this course will equip you with a flexible, yet replicable, systematic project management process.

The key to solving complex problems is collaboration. The accelerated charrette approach achieves collaborative design while avoiding endless unproductive meetings. The charrette harnesses the energies of all parties by immersing them into the design thinking process. Innovation comes quickly through a series of short feedback loops and compressed deadlines. Communities and organizations become transformed in the way they work together to solve complex--and often contentious--problems.

The course is structured around the NCI Charrette System, a time-tested, three-phase project management process. Content includes tools for gauging the length and cost of a charrette using project budget, political considerations, and design difficulty. Also included in the training are design thinking empathy and ideation tools, conflict resolution tools, social media, distance participation, keypad polling, web-based flip charts, and touch tables for public design meetings.

This program is for anyone involved in transforming communities and organizations, including city and regional planners, public health staff, developers, architects, land and transportation planning consultants, and citizen advocates.

June 26-28, 2017

Harvard University Campus
Cambridge, MA

21 AIA/CES | 21 AICP/CM | 21 LA/CES

Bill Lennertz
Executive Director, National Charrette Institute

Wayne Beyea
Extension Specialist / Faculty member, Michigan State University

Stacie Nicole Smith
Senior Mediator and Director of Workable Peace, Consensus Building Institute

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May 8, 2017 - 7:56pm
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