Designathon One to Kick Off the Impact Collaborative Experience

The Impact Collaborative is a proven process developed by the eXtension Foundation to catalyze, accelerate and amplify local impact. But, we’re not resting on our laurels. We’re getting better and growing stronger planning to work with 35+ eXtension professionals at every eXtension Foundation member institution next year.

Introducing Designathon One – Design Thinking

Coming to YOUR region January and February 2018

82% interacted with other Extension professionals outside their normal professional circleThis powerful NEW phase in our popular Designathon develops a critical mass of highly skilled 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 to build out and validate program prototypes. Building on lessons learned, Extension professionals will iterate and refine ideas to maximize their program’s potential.

The experience allows 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, in all program areas, are welcome to join us at Designathon One.

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Professional development will be offered online at all phases of the Impact Collaborative. Designathon One is just the beginning. Look for Designathon Two later in 2018 for additional mentoring and access to key informants in the target areas of Behavioral Health, Diversity & Inclusion, and Food Systems.

93% believed the impact collaborative was a positive experience