Design Thinking for Personal and Social Change

How can you open your mind and your options when you envision your vocational choices after Naropa? In this project-based course, students learn about and incorporate design thinking, a method which encourages observation, empathy, and curiosity along with radical collaboration and a bias toward action. Using design thinking, students learn to apply frameworks, tools, and practices for "leading from the emerging future." You explore the nuances and complexities of vocation: right livelihood, meaning-making, money-making, and the desire to be of service. You engage in conversations with mentors, practice interviewing and resume writing, build professional networks, and design and produce a podcast. The course includes sources from diverse professional backgrounds and social locations.
Course Number: COL350
Units: 3.0