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  • PDT&I closing >>> Mystery Mindcamp Phoenix

    The Churchill

    Hello design thinkers and happy 2020! Two important notices for this Meetup group... 1) It has been a great pleasure and delight to meet you and creatively explore with you for the past few years. I've decided to conclude this experiment and will no longer be hosting the Phoenix Design Thinking & Innovation Meetup. My mission this year is to to concentrate my energy so I will be stepping back from PDT&I and focusing instead on Mindcamp events. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TAKING ON THIS MEETUP GROUP AS THE HOST, please reach out to me. 2) Of course I still love design thinking and innovation and creativity! In lieu of this meetup, I am devoted to organizing Mystery Mindcamps here in the Valley of the Sun. Mystery Mindcamp is an innovation pop-up experience that happens in cities around the globe. You won't know what you are signing up for until you arrive. If you are interested and/or curious, please visit https://tinyurl.com/whod8fy to learn more about the first event on Saturday, February 8. If you can't join this time but want to know when other events are happening in Phoenix (or Amesterdam, or DC or Toronto or Sydney), you can sign up here: https://members.mysterymindcamp.com/share/NAbvqdk1lKDRmb-W?utm_source=manual I also continue to co-organize Mindcamp Southwest, a longer retreat-style event in Oracle, AZ in late March. You can learn about it, including our incredible lineup of 2020 workshops, here: https://www.mindcampsw.com Hope to see you around town at an innovative gathering soon!

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  • Driving innovation with gamification (+ special guests!)

    Gamification is the use of gameful design patterns, technologies and experiences that help design teams to reimagine product and service design, stakeholders engagement and their approach to digital transformation. Global research has now validated the effectiveness of gamification as a powerful tool to transform the way we think about and solve our business challenges. The key take-aways for this session are: • Understanding the different types of gamification • Overview of the design sprint approach for agile gamification development • Learning about the elements that set up your project for success Marigo will also run a playful interactive activity “Let’s Create A Tiny Game” using her unique design cards and methodology to get you prototyping a gamified process, product or service in under 20 minutes. ABOUT OUR FACILITATOR(S) Dr Marigo Raftopoulos is a strategic business adviser specializing in innovation using games, gamification and experience design. She is the founder of Strategic Innovation Lab, and is also an adviser to the European Commission’s Advanced Digital Gaming and Gamification Program and several technology start-ups. Marigo works with a wide range of global clients on accelerating innovation and business transformation using the tools of engagement that are fundamental to game design and gamification. Marigo holds a PhD in enterprise gamification and has widely published her research on gamification frameworks and methodologies. Further information on Gamification Design Sprints at: https://gamification-design-sprint.com **We will also be joined by Katrin Elster from CREA Germany who will inspire us with stories from 2 amazing events she co-organizes, play4agile and play4innovation.

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  • New Year, New Tools: Play4Innovation Redux

    Co + Hoots

    Let’s start the new year by experimenting with new tools that promote creative thinking, intuition and problem solving. Play4Innovation is an annual 2-day gathering organized by CREA Germany and held in Berlin in November. It is an adventurous un-conference - cocreated by the attendees! Over two days more than 40 sessions were offered in an open space setting that gave participants from around the world the unique opportunity to collaborate, experiment with and share new forms and/or methods. Sorry you missed it? Don’t worry! Tamara was there and is going to share her two favorite new tools presented by global gurus in the creativity and innovation community. The Philosopher’s Stone will challenge you to think about what you believe, convince others you don’t believe that at all and, in doing so, magically solve a challenge of your choice. The Radar tool is frighteningly simple yet adaptable to endless situations and choices (from choosing a desk chair to identifying your soul mate). We’ll play with our intuitive ability to find the answers we seek in a simple visual. Come learn new techniques that require nothing more than pen, paper and a willingness to play with possibilities. AGENDA 6:00pm - Mingle and enjoy free food & drinks 6:30pm - Learn new tools with Tamara 7:30pm - Closing 8:00pm - Done! PARKING You may park in the covered, member parking lot. If there are no spaces left, you may park on the street. Please reference the parking map in the comments section. Special thanks to Co+Hoots and Idea Farm for the support. See you there :)

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  • Spark Your Senses with Scentstorming

    Co + Hoots

    Inspire the brain to think in unusual ways, particularly when finding, framing and solving problems or facing the unknown. The purpose of the Scentstorming kit and activities is to foster connections and inspire creativity in individuals and groups; to think in new ways about your challenges and opportunities and face them with enthusiasm. Scents are stimuli that trigger chemical reactions, which in turn elicit memories and inspire imagination. These sparks create points of departure for new thinking about a specific topic (which may have nothing to do with the scent itself.) In the end, you will solve problems, generate ideas, and explore creatively in ways that depart from the scents, but they are a fantastic catalyst to start the process. Join Idea Farm's Tamara Christensen, Founder, and Kim Larkin, Senior Associate, as they take us through Scentstorming in a hands-on workshop focused on the PDT&IC audience. AGENDA 6:00pm - Mingle and enjoy free food & drinks 6:30pm - Scentstorm with Tamara and Kim 7:30pm - Closing 8:00pm - Done! PARKING You may park in the covered, member parking lot. If there are no spaces left, you may park on the street. Please reference the parking map in the comments section. Special thanks to Co+Hoots and Idea Farm for the support. See you there :)

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  • Visualizing a Future Innovation Hub

    ASU Tempe Campus

    What can an innovation hub become? Join us in envisioning the future of spaces for creatives, workers, and residents in the valley through collaborative design thinking methodology. We are partnering with the ASU Design School to think about the future Smith Industrial Innovation Hub, a new City of Tempe initiative that aims to mix economic development promoting investment and job creation with placemaking work that is meaningful and supports designers, artists, workers, residents, and other creative practitioners. We will begin with a dive into the site presented by Tempe Economic Development staff and ASU graduate students who are tackling this project this fall. We will then explore ideation techniques to envision the possible futures of the innovation hub. What does the innovation hub look like? How can it engage and create opportunities local art and design communities? How can it support local communities? Smith is the pilot project for nine future innovation hubs across Tempe that the city approved earlier this year, your ideas may become instrumental in influencing development of this new initiative supporting creative practitioners, residents, and local businesses. This event is an extension of an ASU graduate class. City of Tempe staff will also be on hand to answer questions. AGENDA 6:00pm - Mingle and enjoy free food & drinks 6:30pm - Overview of the Smith Innovation Hub presented by Tempe Economic Development staff and ASU graduate students 7:00pm- Explore ideation techniques to envision the possible futures of the innovation hub 8:00pm - Done! PARKING Parking nearest to the Design North Building is in the Orange/10th Street Garage or in parking lots 14 and 20, rates for the garage and the parking lot are $3/hour and can be paid via credit/debit card or via the Parkmobile app. If coming by light rail, the nearest station is Veteran’s Ave/College Way Station, which is a 7 minute walk, directly south on Forest Avenue. Special thanks to The ASU Design School, The City of Tempe and Idea Farm for the support! See you there :)

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  • A Picture’s Worth 1000 Words

    ASU Decision Theater

    How simple sketches help to get your point, product or pitch across Illustrated facilitation is a powerful way to capture ideas, concepts and processes in a series of simple drawings. Join BLOOM Development founder, Stephanie Brewer, as she shares how you can communicate your inspiration on anything from a cocktail napkin to a whiteboard. And experience the dynamic environment of the ASU decision theater as you learn to draw your way to clear communication! AGENDA 6:00pm - Mingle and enjoy free food & drinks 6:30pm - Learn how to create sketches with Stephanie Brewer 7:30pm - Closing 8:00pm - Done! RSVP Spots are very limited, so please only RSVP if you are certain you can attend the event. Thank you for helping us to ensure everyone who wants to attend the meetup has the opportunity to do so! PARKING Underground parking is available and is accessible from 6th St. through the roundabout or 7th St. right after you pass Governor Moeur's historic house. We will have parking validation for the event. Special thanks to The ASU Decision Theater and Idea Farm for the support. See you there :)

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  • Empathy Mapping Workshop

    Co + Hoots

    “Empathy Mapping” is a technique that helps teams — both internal and external — put themselves directly into their customers’ shoes in order to see, feel, think, and relate to problems/solutions from their point of view. It’s a great activity for project kickoff meetings and workshops, and is equally effective for teams who’ve been working with their customers long-term and need a refresher. It’s also the perfect lead in to deeper explorations of the customer experience, like journey mapping. Join GoDaddy’s Tony Quiroz, Senior CX Strategist, and Katie Blalock, Marketing Operations Technologist, as they teach us about Empathy Mapping and help us practice this technique in a hands-on workshop focused on the PDT&IC audience. AGENDA 6:00pm - Mingle and enjoy free food & drinks 6:30pm - Learn how to create an empathy map with Tony and Katie 7:30pm - Closing 8:00pm - Done! PARKING You may park in the covered, member parking lot. If there are no spaces left, you may park on the street. Please reference the parking map in the comments section. Special thanks to Co+Hoots and Idea Farm for the support. See you there :)

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  • How to Manage Your Energy & Create Space for the Things You Love

    In this hands on workshop we will be taking a design thinking approach to exploring the topic of managing your energy. Group facilitators and team leaders have many roles and one of the most important roles they play is managing the energy of the group. For this workshop, we will be digging in to a little self care and focusing on your energy as an individual. However, energy is CONTAGIOUS! Managing the group energy starts with YOU and thus we are confident what you learn in this workshop will impact your facilitation and leadership too. We are all given the same 24 hours each day and yet, have you ever noticed that some days you are just done even though there are still hours left to the day? We often focus on time management and making the best use of our hours, but what about your energy? Trish Gillam will lead a variety of hands on activities to help you explore how to better manage your energy and design a life that allows you the freedom to do more of what you love. BIO: Trish is a connector of people and ideas. She loves all things related to community and innovation and is very active in her local community. After a few years as the Executive Director for Arizona’s first coworking/collaborative space and starting her own business in facilitation, she flipped things upside down and decided to enter the field of real estate where she gets to help people connect in the community via the most sacred part of our communities, our homes. The most common question people ask Trish is “How do you have the energy for everything you do?” After several years of digging deep in the topic of managing your energy, she has been presenting on this topic with groups and looks forward to exploring the topic further with the Phoenix Design Thinking and Innovation Collective. AGENDA 6:00pm - Mingle and enjoy free food & drinks courtesy of Idea Farm 6:30pm - Learn how to manage your energy with Trish Gillam 7:30pm - Closing 8:00pm - Done! PARKING The Galvanize parking lot is first come first serve and is often full. There is street parking available as well as the option to park or reserve spaces at the lot Northeast of Galvanize. Group Parking Space Information for SP Plus Northeast Parking Lot: Eric Ball / [masked] /[masked] The event is FREE but you must register to attend. Special thanks to Idea Farm and Galvanize for the support. See you there!

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  • No More Comfort Zone

    ASU SkySong

    Join us in May to learn from Chelsea Hickok as she challenges us to step outside our comfort zone and be comfortable in the uncomfortable. "My experience from being a Fiction Writing and English instructor at ASU showed me that people can be reluctant to give criticism/comments on a topic or medium they feel insecure in. They will usually just write GREAT! and a smiley face in the margin rather than try to engage sincerely with the piece. This workshop will force us into thoughtful criticisms that everyone can learn from as we begin developing a sense of our own style and tastes in a new medium. As a play on rapid prototyping in a workshop setting, we’ll embrace our weaknesses and level the playing field by dividing into two workshop groups made of people who feel worse at writing and people who feel worse at drawing. What will we learn about our abilities in a new medium? How will we communicate our thoughts constructively in a medium we aren't comfortable with? What will we learn about the medium we thought we were strongest in?"

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  • Listening Lab

    The McKinley Club

    Empathy is essential to design thinking and listening is essential for practicing empathy. Both simple and complex, listening is perhaps the greatest gift that we can give to humanity. Join us in April to learn from Doug Reid as he shares the story of a listening journey he embarked on in 2016. During the workshop you will get to: - Think about listening in some new ways; - Assess your listening intelligence; - Consider how we “hold the space” when we are the listener—with individuals or groups; - Experience effective listening; and, - Learn some listening tools. “We can only fully understand the role of listening within creativity when we come to grips with how the mere presence of our consciousness shapes the world around us. When we listen, we open those doors that our ideas, senses and related tools select from the much broader field of possible experience. This practice gives birth to some potential avenues for interaction and development and closes off others. Listening becomes the cornerstone of creative activity.” --David Castro

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