Next Meetup

Empathy Extravaganza: Driving more human connections at work and at home
Our February meetup will focus on the power of empathy to drive human connection. We'll explore what the heck empathy is all about, do some activities that help us explore how to connect with each other, and discuss how we can use empathy to bust our cognitive biases, unlock new innovative solutions, and help us build stronger connections with our colleagues, family and communities. This month's meetup will feature guest co-facilitator Sara Bayless de Costa, a Sr service and interaction designer at Fjord. As always, come prepared for a hands-on, interactive and reflective workshop, as well as the chance to connect with fellow innovators and design thinkers. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS The generous support from our sponsors helps keep this Meetup free to the community and supports spreading design thinking across all Seattle industries. Fjord ( Fjord, design and innovation from Accenture Interactive, reimagines people’s relationships with the digital and physical world around them. We use the power of design to create services people love. By combining a human-centered approach with robust methodology, we work with some of the world’s leading businesses to make complex systems simple and elegant. For a look at what's ahead for the future of business, technology and design, check out the 2018 Fjord Trends: Delta Dental of Washington ( Delta Dental of Washington pioneered the dental benefits industry in 1954 and haven’t stopped innovating since! Catalyz LLC ( Catalyz is a transformation design firm that helps organizations bring a human-centered approach to transformation and change. We partner with organizations to develop the cultural infrastructure needed for their business transformations to succeed AND THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTING MEMBERS! * If you find this meetup valuable, please consider supporting with a suggested donation of $10. Your donations help to keep this meetup free and accessible to anyone who wants to participate. Schedule 6:00-6:30 Community Building/networking over drinks and snacks 6:30-6:45 Workshop kickoff 6:45-8:00 Empathy Extravaganza workshop 8:00-8:10 Retrospective 8:10-8:30 More networking and mingling Directions: Delta Dental of Washington 400 Fairview Avenue North, Suite 800 Seattle, WA 98109 Parking Garage: The parking garage is accessed via an alley on the east side of the building using Republican or Harrison Streets. You will take the parking garage elevators (noted as “garage” in the map below) to the main floor and will then head to the lobby elevators (noted as “lobby” in the map below). Unfortunately, we are unable to validate parking. Elevators: A DDWA employee will greet at the elevator lobby and assist you with the Smart Elevators to the 8th floor.

Delta Dental of Washington State

400 Fairview Ave. N · Seattle, WA


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Design Thinking Seattle aims to bring people together from a wide variety of industries, backgrounds and roles to collaborate and discuss practices, methodologies, tactics and experiences to help us collectively bring innovative ideas to the world.

Our vision is to build a community of innovators, design thinkers, and creative catalysts who are passionate about design thinking and bringing creative confidence to their teams and industries. We believe that by sharing ideas, methods, and stories with each other, we are all better equipped to lead a creative revolution for ourselves, our colleagues and our industries. Who should attend? Anyone who is currently trying to build an innovation culture in their organization, anyone who is curious about design thinking and creativity, and design thinkers who are already practicing but want to connect to the greater Seattle innovation community. What will I get out of it? A network of fellow creatives and catalysts, new ideas for your own practice, and case studies and tips for how to bring innovation tools and mindsets back to your organization.

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