Getting to solutions.

Solution generation and prototype development.

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If you have a problem you need to solve or a thing you need to design, this foundational course is for you <3

Why this?

Solution-development is oftentimes a harried, black-and-white, assumption-laden, PANICKED and URGENT thing.

We all know how this ultimately plays out -- we end up with solutions that are half-baked, don't solve problems, and, at their worst, create bigger problems than what we started out with. Major yikes -- we definitely want to avoid "solutions" that harm instead of help :(!

We know that the work of designing with and for people is too critical to risk on untested, one-way solutions, and so, building on themes from previous courses, our process for solution-building is iterative and inclusive. It contains internal checks and balances and opportunities to challenge yourself, your ideas, and the actual efficacy of what you're building for the people you're hoping to serve, thereby *intentionally* mitigating the risk of unintended consequences -- something that the one-and-done solutions we’re used to seeing out in the world to don’t and cannot do. more thing: don't forget your proverbial seatbelt. We'll be taking a bumpy and fun ride down the rabbit hole into the wonderful world of prototyping. We've been conditioned since birth to always think and then do in order to achieve the "correct" result, but here we'll be practicing ~thinking by doing~ as a way to uncover a solution that will actually serve people.

Ok...then what?

Commonly seen as the be-all and end-all, we're hoping this one is self-explanatory, but just in case: this course (and the ones preceding it) is important for building solutions that actually work and help people!

So what will we do?

We'll be learning how to leverage trial and error in order to develop build/learn loops. This uncommon, initially uncomfortable, and extraordinarily powerful method of solution development enables you to uncover unknown unknowns quickly, get everyone on the same page, and keep sliding down that asymptote towards The Best Thing.


!!!Coaching alert!!!

A personal touch, tlc, clarification, and encouragement can make all the difference. Inside the course, you'll have the opportunity to purchase one-on-one coaching time in order to maximize your learning and growing and help apply the course content specifically to your situation :)!

Your Instructor

Christine Ortiz
Christine Ortiz

Dr. Christine Ortiz is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for innovation through equity-centered design. She has launched k-12 microschools, consulted for schools in the US and internationally, designed and coached entrepreneurs, coordinated a national competition for innovative school models, and designed and taught graduate-level courses on redesigning schools at the Stanford d.School and Harvard University. Her current venture is Equity Meets Design, a think/do tank merging the consciousness of equity work with the power of design methodologies.

Christine spent her teenage years creating the national Truth tobacco prevention campaign and consulting with states and other countries interested in implementing the model. The first in her family to have a college degree, Christine has a BS from MIT, Masters in Education and Non-Profit Management and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Harvard University. In all her endeavors, she has been motivated to address the barriers innovators face when tackling complex equity-based social issues.

Course Curriculum

  Solution Criteria Creation
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Frequently Asked Questions

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