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    Facilitation: by Design


    Learn to facilitate interdisciplinary problem-solving sessions

    Design facilitation skills are increasingly in demand, but rarely taught. Learn how to lead design-thinking activities and help groups develop solutions to big, interconnected problems at unique two-day workshops led by qualified instructors well versed in facilitating interdisciplinary problem-solving sessions with community groups as well as clients.

    Facilitation: by Design offers hands-on workshops to better understand common situations faced by facilitators, plus resources, strategies, and valuable insights into how to lead 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

    Facilitation: by Design 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 take home a binder of essential tools to use day-to-day.

    But don’t take our word for it. Read testimonials from past Facilitation: by Design participants.

    Upcoming workshops

    Facilitation: by Design Workshops Workshop dates Register Location Presenters
    New York, NY July 16–17, 2015 Sold out The SVA Branding Studio Maggie Breslin

    Mathan Ratinam

    Registration rates

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    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.

    Cancellation and registration policies

    The workshop is subject to cancellation or change. Liability is limited to funds remitted for workshop registration and sponsorship fees. 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's refund policy for workshop fees can be found using the workshop registration links listed above

    Learn more about AIGA’s professional development opportunities.

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