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    "Facilitation: by Design" Workshops

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    Learn to facilitate interdisciplinary problem-solving sessions

    Design facilitation skills are increasingly in demand, but rarely taught. This spring, we will offer three opportunities to participate in these unique two-day workshops. Learn how to lead design-thinking activities and help groups develop solutions to big, interconnected problems at one of these sessions led by design strategist Renna Al-Yassini. "Facilitation: by Design" will offer resources, strategies and valuable insights in leading design thinking collaborations, including:

    • The role of the facilitator 
    • Understanding and framing the problem
    • Designing agendas and activities
    • Creating engaging environments
    • Collaboration and decision-making
    • Managing group dynamics

        We will teach you how to successfully lead diverse groups of stakeholders through design-thinking exercises and develop solutions to complex problems. Whether you’re leading internal teams or workshops with clients, you’ll gain confidence facilitating collaborative sessions and learn new techniques, resources and insights to enhance your professional skill set. Hear what past participants had to say about "Facilitation: by Design" by reading their testimonials here.

        Upcoming workshops

        Workshop Date Location
        Facilitation: by Design San Francisco
        Date TBA, 2015
        San Francisco, California
        The Autodesk Gallery
        Facilitation: by Design New York City

        Date TBA, 2015 New York, New York
        The SVA Branding Studio


        Workshop instructors

        AIGA works with a pool of qualified instructors who are well versed in facilitating interdisciplinary problem-solving sessions with community groups as well as clients. Lead instructors include:

        Al Yassini headshot new 100x100Renna Al-Yassini, project lead, Adaptive Path; senior strategist, service designer and design researcher

        Al-Yassini leads initiatives to create new products and services for a wide range of clients, guiding them through the entire arc of the project and systems-thinking processes, while fostering collaboration amongst stakeholders. Al-Yassini came to design having been raised in the social justice world, working as a communication strategist for nonprofits, government projects and social justice initiatives. She has guided diverse groups of people through a variety of collaborations—from teenagers in East Oakland working to open up a state-of-the-art youth center, to bank executives working to establish a new business entity. She remains committed to helping designers wishing to work in the social impact space to do so responsibly, effectively and critically.

        Al-Yassini is the co-founder and senior advisor of the Roudha Center, has been recognized as one of Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Twenty-One People Who Will Change Business,” and is a regular AIGA Design for Good facilitator.

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