Large Workshop Format (*500+ Participants)
Both 101 and Approachable

Multi-Stakeholder Design Thinking for Social Impact

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You’re a social impact innovator. Maybe you’re working for a large non-profit to address homelessness, a government to fix the criminal justice system, an emergency response organization to deal with the aftermath of hurricanes, fighting independently for the rights of traditionally marginalized groups, or working on another social issue that affects life outcomes for those in need. How do you create a solution when it seems difficult to agree on what the problem is? 

Our session is for those who are actively working to confront complex social challenges, especially those with multiple stakeholders with conflicting needs, and want to learn Design Thinking-based techniques to make change. Learn how to make a lasting, measurable social change in your community that is inclusive of everyone. 


  • Understand the needs of all the key stakeholders impacted by a problem to define it.
  • Ensure that designs are immediately applicable for lasting change.
  • Anticipate how stakeholders will respond to new efforts.

Confirmed Panelists

Durell Coleman

In his journey as a designer, Durell has collaborated with international non-profits, large tech companies, and small businesses to create products and services that solve the problems they face. Trained in mechanical engineering (B.S) and sustainable design (M.S.), he is a two-time alumnus of Stanford University and its famous Institute of Design (the Stanford He partners with diverse clients to help them successfully overcome challenges and capitalize on the opportunities before them. His clients include governments, foundations and nonprofits working to address challenges in the criminal justice and foster care systems, Syrian refugees designing solutions to challenges in refugee camps, students at Stanford University designing a more inclusive campus, and corporate executives from Sony, Oracle, and Santander. He is an expert in multi-stakeholder, human-centered design and is one of the subjects of the PBS documentary: “Extreme by Design,” which is used as a design thinking teaching aid all over the world.

Libby Johnson
Director of Operations and Lead Designer

Libby is an experienced designer who has worked to address systemic issues in fields as far-reaching as early childhood education, domestic abuse, and criminal justice reform. She has a passion for addressing problems to reduce violence and improve quality of life through the use of negotiation and human-centered design, which she has done both in the US and internationally. Notably, her work in Bolivia consisted of consulting with a local NGO to digitize their healthcare and nutrition records. She is an alumna of Stanford University (M.A., International Policy), where she grew two early-stage social startups as a student at Stanford’s Institute of Design. She has worked in the Obama Whitehouse and advocated on a national level for college student and youth involvement in innovation. Before Stanford, she completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Biology at the University of Kansas, where she also oversaw a 24 million dollar budget as Student Body President.

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