Designing Your Life

    One of my fun, just for my soul side projects right now is the development of a solution to a problem I see in many of the kids I work with. This book/program/summer boot camp is framed around the idea that intrinsic motivation is the best way to tap into grit, perseverance, motivation, and meaning for life. The process leads students through self-discovery using a design thinking toolkit.  

XQ Super School Challenge

The XQ Super School Challenge came about just as I was wrapping up the strategic plan process with a small, urban school district. I had been building school models and researching the idea of re-imagining school formally for the past 2 years in my Masters of Strategic Design program at Parsons New School. I had all the data and research and the XQ opportunity provided me with a reason to just do the design already! Deep down, I want students to walk away from their school journey having experienced the joy and fascination of learning. I had teachers and parents who did …

Hackable Cities: Re imagine Your Neighborhood

Hackable Cities is a way for a anyone to get about the business of making their community a better place. Cecilia Tham, our instructor started us on this journey by connecting us to her real-life problem in the Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona, Spain. This project was my first attempt as an agile scrum master. I fell in love with the process immediately. Using agile, we produced this book in about 8 weeks. Joe Justice of Xprize Team Wiki Speed and Scrum, Inc. was my personal mentor as scrum master. No one in our team was experienced with agile, so we …

Strategic Plan for Small Urban School District

This was the very first strategic plan for the school district and one of the few in the entire state. We had conducted a migration study previously and knew we had discovered pieces of our competitive advantage. We needed more information about our students, parents, community, and teachers. I believed the strategic plan process would help us create a plan that would expose our unique strengths and provide laser focus for activities that really move the needle for students. From the experience I can now say, the process also helped us with looking in the mirror, not the one one offered by state and …

Technology Pipeline

  The Technology Pipeline project grew out of a series of conversations with leaders in local education and the tech industry. Both had complementary pain points. Industry had jobs and wanted to recruit more minorities in their workforce. The schools had the largest concentration of minority talent in the city but had no experiences to draw students into workforce opportunities in tech. Pulling together a small multidisciplinary group of designers, I was able to research key issues, map the customer journey, and design a pathway that would be responsive to our customers’ unique needs. A human centered design approach was used …