Inclusive Rules for Ideation

Photo by Polina Zimmerman on I'm really loving the Rules for Ideation developed by Mark Leung and Nika Stelman at the Institute for Gender and the Economy at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Business for their Human Centered Design for Inclusive Innovation course offered through Coursera. Defer judgementEncourage wild ideasBuild on the... Continue Reading →

Exploring Possibilities

Last week I had pleasure of facilitating a conversation with two Hopkins alumni, Sadaf Khan and Sharad Baliyan, on the topics of Defining Your Goals, Generating Ideas, and Radical Collaboration. My guests shared some fantastic ideas and words of wisdom in the short hour we had together. Throughout our conversation I was struck by the... Continue Reading →

Imagining Your Future Selves

Photo by Sindre Stru00f8m on In his 2019 book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, journalist David Epstein turns our perceived wisdom about careers on its head. Despite the common belief that to be successful one must commit to a path early and devote as much time and energy as possible to... Continue Reading →

The Problems with Odyssey Plans

Photo by ArtHouse Studio on If you've ever worked your way through Designing Your Life or attended a day-long or multi-day "Designing Your Life" workshop you will know that Odyssey Plans are the central part of the DYL process. The early steps in the process lay the foundation for building out your Odyssey Plans... Continue Reading →

Getting Unstuck (COVID-19 Edition)

Photo by fauxels on In my last activity post, Re(Design) Your Summer Internship, I shared ways that students could employ design thinking to reimagine their summer so that they can continue to build their way forward and advance their career goals in spite of the COVID-19 restrictions.  But what if you have no idea... Continue Reading →

Your Virtual Ideation Team

A key part of Life Design is the idea of "radical collaboration", the bringing together of a diverse group of individuals with different experiences, skills, backgrounds and outlooks as a way to increase both the number and the variety of ideas that are generated. With many in-person workshops moving to an asynchronous virtual format, many... Continue Reading →

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