Course Description

Human-Centered DT for Sustainability January 2019

Wash., DC
January 28-29, 2019. Washington, DC.

In this intensive, hands-on course you will learn how to apply the fundamental principles and framework of human-centered design thinking to designing solutions to social impact, sustainability and development challenges. The course brings a proven innovation methodology used by for-profits and public sector agencies to the challenges faced by non-profit organizations. This two-day experience will teach you new approaches and tools to reframe social, environmental, and international development challenges in order to create stakeholder driven solutions, address systemic change, and formulate organizational policy.


Organizations and government agencies striving to improve the world face a long list of complicated challenges.  If we want a world that’s worth living in, it is imperative that people develop sustainable economic, ecological, and social systems.  To understand the need for change and create innovative approaches to achieving sustainable development, organizations need tools that promote empathy and tap the creative potential of their employees and stakeholders.

In the Design Thinking for Sustainability workshop, we will introduce you to the power of co-creation and, ultimately, to a way of using empathy to create innovative solutions to your organization’s questions or challenges.  Join us and learn how to use a design thinker’s mindset to become a transformational driver!





Design Thinking is a process that helps foster co-creation and collaboration to empower groups to develop new, effective approaches to intractable global challenges. We will examine international sustainability challenges and make them more tangible and relatable.  Together, we will work on a challenge and demonstrate a human-centered process, using interdisciplinary tools that examine people’s needs and behaviors and leads to the development of novel, implementable solutions.  At the end of the course, you will have a working understanding of Design Thinking and its potential to promote a sustainable future.


…have no, little, or deep knowledge of either Design Thinking or Sustainability challenges.
…want to know more about a Sustainable Design Thinking Mindset.
…want to learn how to develop smart teams and adapt an agile mindset.
…are curious about collaboration and change in order to create innovative solutions.


“I greatly appreciated the quality of the organization and especially the professionalism with which you moderated this workshop. I hope to have the chance to meet you again in my professional life.”
– Technical Policy Advisor to the GIZ Youth Employment Program, Togo

“The interactive teamwork and challenges are a great way to learn about design thinking and apply it hands-on. We were vey effective in such a short time. I feel that I’ve got the whole picture about Design Thinking by doing it.”
– Sustainability Manager, Swiss Railways

“The opportunity to expose my self to this together with my counterpart and i feel that this was a good start for our partnership and our program.”
– German Senior Policy Advisor and country director attending with his ministerial counterpart from Lebanon



This course is led by DesignThinkers Academy and Team Marzavan who are partnering to bring design thinking tools to the social impact, nonprofit and development communities.

Team Marzavan is an international innovation and capacity-building firm based in Berlin that facilitates human-centered, design-driven change processes towards more innovative and purpose-driven organizations.

Daniela Marzavan Daniela Marzavan, head of Team Marzavan, worked on several projects for the German Agency for Cooperation (GIZ) focusing on design thinking / policy design (e.g. in Algeria, Egypt or Ruanda) and is an expert when it comes to design thinking for policy makers. At the moment, she is working on her PhD asking how design thinking shapes organizations. She has more than 500 hrs experience as a design thinking facilitator in different sectors and industries. Daniela’s full LinkedIn profile.

Franziska Gätcke has a background in humanities and economics. Her far-reaching working experience in communications and Change Management for the public health sector in Germany has shaped her view on complex problem solving, conflict management through creative techniques, and facilitation. Franziska leads various design thinking projects as head moderator and process designer. Franziska’s full LinkedIn profile.

Steve Bosak is an innovation facilitator and instructor for DesignThinkers Group US and DesignThinkers Academy in Washington, DC.  He has helped non-profit and private sector clients learn and apply design thinking to their organizational challenges.  Steve earned a Masters in Environmental Management and has more than 20 years of experience with national and international environmental non-profits, U.S. and foreign government natural resource agencies, and private sector energy firms.  He has applied his innovation facilitation skills to develop biodiversity policies, education programs, internet outreach tools for advocacy groups, and new services and products.  Read more at Steve’s LinkedIn page.

Marc Bolick leads the US office of DesignThinkers Group, working to help clients find creative solutions to complex problems and to embed design thinking as a strategic advantage in their organizations. With over 20 years of experience in various aspects of product and service design, Marc has worked in a variety of sectors and clients including General Electric, Michelin, SAP, Coca-Cola, Qualcomm, Bank of America, Electrolux, Master Card, the US Agency for International Development, the US Food and Drug Administration, and a variety of early-stage companies. Read more at Marc’s full LinkedIn profile.


Our main objective is to provide you with hands-on tools that you can apply immediately to your work.

As part of the training program you will receive a set of design thinking tools, a certificate of completion, and access to the DT Academy alumni network.

We strive for nothing short of a transformational experience for participants. You will acquire a deeper knowledge of core design thinking tools and methods, a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, and overall professional & personal growth.

About this Event

Washington, DC

January 28-29, 2019
Language: English
Maximum participants: 25


Early Bird Ticket Price $ 1,650
until November 23rd, 2018

Regular Ticket Price Price $ 1,900

Your registration includes morning and afternoon snacks, lunch, and beverages throughout the course.

A certificate from DesignThinkers Academy is awarded to participants who successfully complete the course.

Discounts available for multiple people from the same organization, non-profits, educators and government organizations.

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