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    Learn to facilitate interdisciplinary problem-solving sessions

    Design facilitation skills are increasingly in demand, but rarely taught. In 2015, we will offer a number of 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

    The hands-on workshops will also address a variety of situations commonly faced by facilitators:

    • Facilitators who are internal versus external to an organization
    • Facilitators who are internal versus external to a coalition of people
    • The nature of participation, whether mandatory or voluntary
    • Determining meeting/workshop intentions, such as decision making, consensus building or idea generating

    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. View photos and hear what past participants had to say about "Facilitation: by Design" by reading their testimonials here.

    Upcoming workshops

    Facilitation: by Design Workshops Workshop dates Register Location Presenters
    San Francisco, CA June 18–19, 2015 Click here The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art Renna Al-Yassini
    New York, NY August, 2015 Unavailable at this time The SVA Branding Studio Renna Al-Yassini

    Registration rates

    Registration rates Early registration rates General registration rates
    Supporting+ member
    Contributor member


    Sample workshop schedule

    Day one
    8:30 a.m. Check-in and catered breakfast
    9:00 a.m. Workshop begins
    1:00 p.m. Catered lunch
    5:00 p.m. Workshop concludes for the day

    Day two
    8:30 a.m. Catered breakfast
    9:00 a.m. Workshop begins
    1:00 p.m. Catered lunch
    5:00 p.m. Workshop concludes


    Workshop registrations include continental breakfast and catered lunch each day. Attendees are responsible for covering the cost of transportation and lodging, as well as evening meals. See the Lodging page for hotel and transportation options.

    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 Renna Al-Yassini, Maggie Breslin and Mathan Ratinam. Read more about our workshop instructors here.

    Registration policies

    Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio and video recording taken of you at the event for promotional and educational purposes in connection with AIGA and : by Design conferences and activities, in corresponding publications and in AIGA’s archives.

    AIGA refund policy for workshop fees can be found using the workshop registration links listed above

    Cancellation policy

    The workshop is subject to cancellation or change. Liability is limited to funds remitted for workshop registration and sponsorship fees.

    Learn more about AIGA’s professional development opportunities.

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