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Community Design For Leaders

Community Design For Leaders: Moving Beyond Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) — to Power, Belonging and Interdependence (PBI). 

Course Dates: June 2 – 16, 2021

If every leader achieved their goals of representational diversity – what would happen next? How do we truly relocate power and decision making in our organizational structures, strategies, and culture? How do we collectively understand and envision the future of organizational leadership; a future where power isn’t held by one, but by many.

This paradigm shift will require leaders to adopt new mindsets, develop new best practices, and build new relationships. It will require bravery, creativity, and resilience — and space for collective inquiry. And the good news is, there’s a path.

Community Design is a community-generated design framework from the 1960s and 70’s that’s made a resurgence in the last several years. Unlike Human-Centered-Design, Community Design provides a path to shift not only WHO is doing the work but WHAT the work is and HOW it is done.

Leaders will leave with:

  • Knowledge – A deep understanding of the role of design in private and public sector mission-driven work; and what it means for your leadership practice
  • Resources – Models, templates, tools, and tactics to shift to a framework of power, belonging, and inclusion
  • Community – New relationships and a virtual community of support, scholarship, and practice

This intensive is facilitated by Sloan Leo (they/them), the Founder & CEO of FLOX Studio Inc. and faculty in the MFA Design for Social Innovation (DSI) program. For more information on FLOX Studio and Sloan Leo, check them out here. For more information about MFA DSI check them out here.

All profits from this course will be used to support MFA DSI’s new Equity in Design Scholarship Fund. We created the scholarship to address intersectional inequalities in design and promote equitable opportunities starting with our own student community. This will be our first time offering the scholarship, which will grant $10,000 to an incoming student each year. We seek to grow and iterate on this initiative to create pathways in design to support and sustain diverse, creative leaders.

There are six modules in this course: 

  • The case for Community Design 
  • Understanding Yourself as a Designer
  • Developing Your Community Design Practice
  • Explorations in Collective Inquiry 
  • Facilitative Leadership 
  • Moving from Insight to Action 

Participants will get the most out of this experience if they plan to attend the full 12 Hours of “In Class” Time Via Videoconference: 

  • June 2th – 3 – 5pm ET 
  • June 5th – 10am – 12pm ET
  • June 9th – 3 – 5pm ET
  • June 12th – 10am – 12pm ET
  • June 15th – 3-5pm ET
  • June 16th – 5 – 7pm ET

Each module will include: 

  • Pre-class learning materials (guidebook, learning decks, and optional readings
  • In-class lectures and practice space 
  • Peer to Peer work time  (3 hours of peer to peer time will need to be scheduled outside of class  time) 

The masterclass is appropriate for people at every phase of career development and experience.

For questions, please contact dsiinfo@sva.edu.

*Special thanks to Core77 for their partnership in sharing this course.

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