© Dan Buchner 2017

Learning Experiences

to advance organizations and communities

What kind of learning experiences unleash new ways of thinking?

 

Design Thinking at its core is a human-centered approach to solution making. It is a process and a set of methodologies but most importantly it’s a mindset. This mindset is a hallmark of effective leaders.  

 

I create and deliver customized learning experiences for individuals, teams and organizations. These are based on Design Thinking and have focused on:

  • Creating innovative new products, services and systems designed to serve people.

  • Solving complex challenges that defy the conventional linear problem solving approaches.

  • Accelerating organizational change efforts by helping organizations get unstuck and imagining compelling new futures.

  • Expanding people’s leadership toolkit to increase their empathy, creative thinking and risk taking.

 

These learning experiences are:

  • Highly contextualized to deal with real-world challenges and opportunities facing the participants in their organizations or communities.

  • Experiential action based learning with tangible outcomes.

  • Practical, engaging and allow participants to leave with tools and skills they can immediately apply.

 

As a result of learning new tools, developing new skills and adopting a Design Thinking mindset, participants have created new products and services, affect social change, built stronger communities, accelerated economic development, changed government policy and created new businesses.

 

"It was probably the most effective seminar I have ever been to in my entire career!"

Workshop Attendee

Here are some of the fine organizations I have created or co-created learning experiences for:

 

Associations

 

Alberta College of Pharmacists

Association of Managers of Innovation

Business Innovation Factory

Creative Leadership Council

Creative Problem Solving Institute

Council for Indian Industry

Forum for Emotional Intelligence Learning

Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative

Institute for Performance and Learning

League of American Orchestras

Library Association of Alberta

MassMEDIC

Pacific Northwest Library Association

Supply Chain Management Association

 

Businesses

 

Baxter Healthcare

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical Company

Coaches Training Institute

Eastman Chemical Corporation (See the story here)

Eaton Corp

General Motors

Haworth

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation

Lane Construction Company

McDonalds

PepsiCo (See the story here)

Schwan Food Company

Shanghai GM

Zain Group

 

Educational Institutions

 

AVT Business School

Center for Creative Leadership

Cornell University

Harvard Business School

UNC Chapel Hill

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

 

Foundations

 

Alaska Humanities Forum

Robert Woods Johnson Foundation

Rockefeller Foundation

Suncor Energy Foundation

 

Governments

 

City of Dawson Creek (See the story here)

Library of Parliament - Canada

Prime Minister's Office Singapore (See the story here)

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan

USAID - Expro El Salvador

USAID - El Salvador Competitive Project

 

Non-Profits

 

Center for Credentialing and Education

National Board of Certified Counselors

Non-profit alliance of Warwick RI

 

 

Interested learning how to apply Design Thinking to your organization’s challenges? Contact me.