The Do Tank guides participants as they use design thinking methodologies to tackle local issues with global relevance.

While Design Thinking is at the core of the 6 weeks program, and guides the flow of the classes and work sessions, the Do Tank also invites participants to explore and employ the Lean Startup methodology, which adds urgency and action-oriented experimentation to the research and prototyping phases. The Do Tank also dives into storytelling and future casting. 

  • Design Thinking: a human-centered approach that integrates the needs of people and design, for creative problem solving and innovation
  • Lean startup: a scientific process for building products, services and companies based on validated learning, customer development and minimal viable product experiments
  • Prototyping: a minimum viable approach to present and test the content, function, and experience of emerging new concepts, ideas, products, or services, and to gather support

As this 6 weeks course focuses on applied learning and collaborative co-creation, it is well suited for design thinking beginners and veterans alike. Participants will leave the program with a toolkit of holistic methods for putting ideas into action.

Specifically, participants can expect to...

  • learn and develop design-thinking skills
  • learn by doing: put the Human-centered Design process into practice with a real world challenge
  • learn and conduct ethnographic, observational, and empathetic research
  • learn how to conduct more effective interviews
  • develop your storytelling skills
  • learn the basics of lean startup methodology and get out of the building with actionable experiments
  • put your ideas into action and share your prototypes with the world
  • produce a project from start to finish
  • learn more about immigration and boundaries
  • create local impact
  • connect with a collaborative cohort of DO-ers
  • build your portfolio
  • practice iterative prototyping
  • produce a pop-up in an NYC storefront
  • receive mentorship