CoCo is bringing the design-thinking movement to the Midwest with the launch of d.school @ CoCo, an innovation school based on the world-renowned d.school at Stanford University. d.school @ CoCowill offer classes and workshops on design thinking to individuals and larger organizations. The school will be led by Anna Love-Mickelson who is a former Fortune-500 innovation leader and currently teaches design thinking at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school). Classes will be taught by Love-Mickelson as well as other coaches certified by the d.school at Stanford. “We’ll be using the same great curriculum that is used on campus in California. However, because we are in Minnesota and operating within the CoCo community, we will also looking to prototype new ways of solving local problems by enabling radical collaboration at the community level,” Love-Mickelson said. Classes and workshops will include:
- Crash Course – a 2-hour introduction to design thinking methods and mindsets. The first class is on April 20.
- Design Thinking Workshop – Three half-day, hands-on sessions that explore the design thinking methodology more thoroughly. The first Workshop series will be held May 7-9.
- Design Thinking Bootcamp – Designed after the Stanford d.school’s flagship course, Bootcamp gives executives hands on experience leading a design-thinking project from start to finish. The first Bootcamp will be held Sept. 26 – 28.
“One of the most exciting things for us at the d.school is hearing how past d.schoolers are spreading design thinking. We are excited to see how this new venture impacts the Minnesota community,” said Evelyn Huang, Lecturer, Executive Education at the d.school at Stanford. The opening of the d.school @ CoCo represents a big step for CoCo and coworking movement in general. “We are building a community of members who are naturally inquisitive and creative.” said CoCo founder Kyle Coolbroth. “the d.school @ CoCo makes our collaborative environment available for leaders in the area to learn design thinking methods and fully experience a collaborative community.” More information about d.school @ CoCo is available at http://dschool.cocomsp.com.