West Creek Ranch, Montana, the Arthur M. Blank Foundation

Workshops and Master Classes

Workshops and Master Classes

Alone and in partnership with other universities, we have conducted master classes around the world. These have included customized programs on city revitalization, communication design, storytelling, entrepreneurial thinking, prototyping, collaborative creativity, culture change and social design. Two examples are below, please contact us for more information.

Entrepreneurial Leadership and Social Design. Integrating the best of two methodologies for solving problems and creating opportunities, a new partnership between the Social Design Master’s Program at the School of Visual Arts and the Lewis Institute at Babson College has produced, under the leadership of Cheryl Heller and Cheryl Kiser, a groundbreaking new program.

Learning outcomes:

  • Use language that breaks through jargon to express new ideas and shift paradigms
  • See and map systems that lead to a shared understanding of reality and priorities
  • Situate themselves and their organizations in context with nature
  • Think critically
  • Know how to unlearn and reframe problems
  • Recognize patterns and develop insights
  • Lead a collaborative creative process
  • Design for productive relationships
  • Use design methodologies
  • Create prototypes and integrate feedback
  • Act their way into new thinking, rather than thinking their way into a new way of acting.
  • Critique skills that push ideas from inception to practical reality

“I found the course to be incredibly eye-opening, and the iterative design method to be far more efficient and effective than what I was taught a design process should be. I have already been able to put it into practice for my job. Thank you so much for changing how I think about solving social issues!”




Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, Tech Talk:
DMI, Academic Design Management Institute: Keynote
Sustainable Brands,
TedX Fargo,
TedX Richmond,
Talking Cities, The Cutting-Edge of Common Sense / Episode 8 / Released November 29, 2016
Columbia Business School, BRITE: Creating Social and Financial Value Through Stories
Yale, Global Health and Innovation Conference: Creating Our Way to Wellbeing
The Arthur M. Blank Foundation: Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Social Sector
Unreasonable Institute,
Kyoorius Design Yatra, Goa India:
Design Observer, Insights Per MInute
AIGA Medalist,
AIGA Design Leader Interview Series, Cheryl Heller
AIGA Phoenix, Method and Madness
Arizona State University, Lecture: The Real Power of Social Design
Arizona State University: ReDesign School
Ignite, Brooklyn: One Single Answer to All the World’s Problems
How Conference, Chicago: Women, Power, Money
100x100 Conference: Beijing, China
Sex Drugs and Helvetica, Sydney, Melbourne, Australia
TopCoder National Conference, Buffalo
University of San Francisco, Quito, Ecuador
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Tongji University, Shanghai, China
Hunan Normal University, Changsha, China