What we’re about
Design Thinking DC is an action-oriented community of innovative change makers who come together to share knowledge and experience in order to solve complex problems.
Inspired by the human-centered design movement, we connect people from all professional backgrounds who seek to make the world a better place through community-based problem solving.
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- What Happens When you use ChatGPT to build a health venture with Thomas AntonyLink visible for attendees$10.00
*This is an online event.
Have you ever wondered what might happen if you use ChatGPT to design a business? Thomas Antony and his colleagues and collaborators at IDEO and Healthworx Studio did just that. IDEO and Healthworx Studio ran an intensive five-week sprint to design a business that would address issues of access in rural health. They turned to generative AI tools, from Mid-Journey to Perplexity to ChatGPT to see if they could help supercharge the design process. And they learned a lot along the way.
Join us to hear from our amazing DT:DC friend, Thomas Antony, to learn all about this experiment, including how combining AI’s data synthesis abilities with authentic human centered problem solving allowed the team to leverage the technology’s potential while staying grounded in meaningful solutions. Their breakthrough came in elevating AI as a catalyst, not a crutch, for innovation.
In this session you will
• Hear about the learnings from a specific AI-enabled design sprint
• Learn a framework for design in an AI-augmented world
• Watch a demonstration of cutting-edge AI tools for design
Explanation of the design sprint and results
Demonstration of AI tools used in sprint
About our Presenter
Tom Antony serves as a Senior Design Director at IDEO with expertise in Venture, Product, Strategy, and Emerging Technologies (including Generative AI). He manages strategic and innovative projects across sectors with a particular focus on Tech and Health, creating a bridge between creativity and business rigor.
Before IDEO, Tom co-founded Quantified Care, a digital health startup that developed patient engagement and remote monitoring tools. Under his leadership as COO/CPO, the company saw 84% weekly user engagement and a 72% reduction in clinical events. He is also a Venture Partner at NextGen, a venture fund driving entrepreneurial ventures.
Tom's earlier endeavors include significant contributions to four unique startups in product management and business development. Notably, he aided Veraz Networks in going public (Nasdaq: VRAZ), and played a key role in the growth of WellDoc, a digital health company, which Forbes recognized as one of the Most Promising Startups. At WellDoc, he contributed to the development of groundbreaking mobile prescription therapies.
Tom has advised and worked closely with world-recognized organizations including: GE, Google, Samsung, Airbus, Mass Gen Brigham, BCBS, Roche, Abbott, Otsuka, Exelon, Sompo, Orbia, Arbor Day, Earth Justice, as well as many fast-growing startups.
About the Design Sprint
You can read more about IDEO and Healthworx Studio’s design sprint here: https://www.ideo.com/journal/we-tried-to-build-a-health-venture-with-chatgpt
- Prioritization Techniques with Caitlin Anderson and Seema Habash2311 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA$10.00
*This is an in-person event.
Are you looking to enhance your decision-making skills and become more effective in managing your tasks and projects? Join us for a workshop on Prioritization Techniques, brought to you by Caitlin Anderson and Seema Habash from Thinkly Solutions.
In this workshop we will delve into why prioritization is crucial in today's fast-paced world and learn a variety of prioritization techniques that you can apply immediately. We'll also put these techniques into practice through exercises that will empower you to stop feeling overwhelmed by your to-do lists and start taking action.
This interactive session will give you practical tools and strategies you can use to prioritize both in your personal lives and with your teams. We’ll:
- Discuss prioritization and why it’s important
- Learn different prioritization techniques and when to use them
- What is prioritization and what methods do people use?
- Overview of several prioritization techniques with practice activities
About our Presenters
Caitlin Anderson and Seema Habash are the Co-Founders of Thinkly Solutions, a women-owned company that is focused on transforming traditional ways of working. Through interactive workshops and meeting optimization strategies, we empower individuals, teams, and organizations to collaborate better, solve problems faster, and achieve better outcomes.
Before starting Thinkly Solutions, Caitlin worked at Uber and IBM Consulting where she successfully led complex cross-functional initiatives. She has a proven track record of managing diverse teams and delivering results that exceed expectations. She worked in China as a participant in the IBM Corporate Service Corps. As part of this global leadership development program, she facilitated design thinking sessions and provided pro bono consulting services. Caitlin holds a BA in Economics from UVA.
Seema spent her career at IBM Consulting prior to Thinkly Solutions, where she gained expertise in strategic consulting, designing and facilitating workshops, and conducting situation analyses. She is skilled in translating complex ideas into user-friendly language and fostering a human-centered mindset. Throughout her experience in team leadership, she focused on creating open environments that brought diverse perspectives together to implement solutions that meet end-user needs. Seema holds a BS in Information Systems, BS in Marketing, and an MBA from UMD.
- Breaking Barriers: Overcoming resistance to change with Ayushi JainSteampunk Inc, McLean, VA$10.00
*This is an in-person event.
Change is crucial to personal and collective development, yet it remains a daunting process. Every new year we make a range of promises to ourselves- eating healthier, establishing boundaries in relationships, becoming a better public speaker, being more direct in communication and feedback, etc. Even when we want it badly, breaking old habits and thought patterns can be a real struggle.
We've seen this challenge play out not just in our personal lives but also within our organizations, where leaders and employees grapple with change. Sometimes, the reasons are obvious – fear of power shifts, the stress of learning new skills, or the anxiety of moving to a new role. Other times, it's a head-scratcher. We have the desire, we have the skills, and are committed to change, yet we remain inert. Whether it's personal goals, professional aspirations, or systemic reforms, the ability to change often feels frustratingly elusive, even with all the motivation in the world.
So, what's causing these inherent tensions? How do we uncover the hidden motivations that hold us back and overcome this natural resistance to change? We'll be using Kegan and Lahey's Immunity to Change framework to diagnose why change is a struggle and figure out how to overcome it.
6:30 - Networking
6:45 - Welcome & Introductions
6:50 - Overview & Exercise Introduction
7:00 - Exercise - Immunity to change
8:00 - Share-out, Q&A
8:30 - Wrap up
About our presenter
Ayushi Jain is a design strategist committed to cultivating human creativity and imagination to create meaningful change in the society. She uses human-centered design, systems thinking, and organizational change principles to drive innovation in impact-oriented organizations.
Over the past eight years, she has worked with cross-cultural teams across six countries. Her international portfolio includes public sector agencies, eminent NGOs, and design consultancies. Her passion for justice-led design, equitable development, diversity and inclusion has earned her special attention from the education, health and human service sectors. She has received recognition for her multi-disciplinary work across numerous platforms, including Architectural Digest, Core77, ServDes, Design Research Society, Artvoice, and Disruptive Innovation Festival.
She currently serves US state, local, and federal agencies as a senior designer at Deloitte and is a part-time faculty at Parsons School of Design. Ayushi has been co-leading the Executive Leadership Development Lab at The New School which is aimed at enabling participants to cultivate the interpersonal skills they need to build teams and lead others. Ayushi holds an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design from the Parsons School of Design and is a former Schmidt-MacArthur fellow.