Designathon One to Kick Off the Impact Collaborative Experience

TheĀ Impact Collaborative process is designed to catalyze and empower next-level Extension professionals and programs. The goal is to help you achieve a level of visibility and impact that ensure Extension is no longer America’s “best-kept secret”.

Introducing Designathon One – Design Thinking

Coming to YOUR region January-March 2018

You are welcome to attend any Designathon One event, not just one hosted in your institution’s geographical region. Professionals affiliated with 1890 Institutions are also invited to attend the event most convenient for them!

six levels of adobe kickboxThis powerful NEW phase in the Impact Collaborative develops a critical mass of design thinkers who can bring proven innovation processes to their local system. Impact Collaborative participants embark on an accelerated course toward visible and measurable local impact that starts with Designathon One.

Trained facilitators will use custom tools (like the Adobe Kickbox Innovation Kit which has gained attention from Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and more) to guide a process for ideation and lean experimentation. This process encourages testing ideas and iteration for rapid prototyping. The result is Extension programs that are designed to make difference.

Designathon One encourages participants to

  1. practice design thinking skills and learn techniques in creative ideation, prototyping, and problem-solving to maximize the impact of their local programs, and
  2. become better equipped to duplicate these steps with colleagues and local stakeholders.

All Cooperative Extension professionals at member institutions, in all program areas, are welcome to join us at Designathon One. Applying for the Impact Collaborative is not a requirement to attend.

The Impact Collaborative Collaborative Process

Designathon One is just the beginning. Look for Designathon Two in April/May 2018 for additional mentoring and access to key informants in the target areas of Behavioral Health, Diversity & Inclusion, and Food Systems. Throughout the entire IC experience, participants will have access to tailored professional development and peer-support from other innovative Extension professionals.

If you have questions, check out the Designathon One FAQ page.

Be the first to know when registration opens. Fill out the Designathon One Form!