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Friday, Mar 22, 2019 - Sunday, Mar 24, 2019
All Day
Taylor Center (fourth floor of Howard Tilton Memorial Library)Map Location

This weekend bootcamp that teaches the basics of human-centered design for social impact. Learn via short cycles of individual and group practice, including direct work in the community. The FAST 48 serves graduate students at Tulane, as well as staff, faculty, educators, and community organizations interested in learning design thinking for their practice, research, or organizational programs. We welcome artists, creative types, and local social entrepreneurs! We are working with PlayBuild New Orleans, a central-city based nonprofit promoting design education for ages 4-12 years, through imaginative play and finding new uses for under-utilized urban spaces.

Why 48, why FAST? In a fast-paced program spanning 48 hours, from 6 PM on Friday to 6 PM on Sunday, you will

  • Learn the key mindsets of human-centered design (HCD) or design thinking (DT)

  • Practice some basic methods fpr immersion, user-centered synthesis, ideation, etc.

  • Appreciate how design-thinking fits into your personal "social innovation toolkit".

  • Reflect on how to take it back to your program and workplace.

  • Learn how DT is helping generate social innovations for health, poverty, energy, and environmental challenges around the world.

  • Join a network of people with common interests in design thinking for social innovation.

  • Enrich your resume! Practice skills that get you recognized by employers looking for creative, entrepreneurial, solutions-seeking changemakers.

Event Details

  • Cost for graduate students: $60 early bird rate; $85 for late sign-up (last 2 weeks). This bargain covers food, drinks, and workshop supplies, and materials. We have a few scholarships -- get in touch.

  • Professionals: $90 early bird, $125 last week. If you are gainfully employed and have salary, please select this option.


  • Check the dates below and make sure you can do it. Set aside time to participate fully. Plan to commit whole-heartedly and be sure you have the time to join us.

  • Send your details: Name, program, background, academic degrees, place of origin, interest in DT any prior experience, contact information) to

  • Pay the fee on Eventbrite. Registration is not complete until you have paid. You can sign up directly via credit card which involves a $5 fee OR, deliver a check to Taylor Center for $60 and we sign them up manually for no extra charge Make all checks payable to Taylor Center. Full refunds are available in case of cancellation up to 2 weeks before, and partial refunds up to 1 week before

Note: We offer academic credit to Tulane students via the NEW class, GCHB 6700, Social Innovation Tools, offered SPRING 2019. Contact Laura Murphy at

Typical Fast 48 Schedule

Friday, 6 – 9 PM: Introductions, short activity, light supper, at Taylor Center

Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Fieldwork & Synthesis! Breakfast, lunch, & snacks.

  • Discovery (empathy exercises: immersion, observation. and other fieldwork in Central City)

  • Synthesis, Ideation & Selection (making sense of your data, creative brainstorming in teams)

  • Team work, time management, creative physical spaces and materials/tools

Sunday, 11 AM – 6 PM: Prototyping! Simple lunch, snacks at Taylor

  • Rapid Prototyping, testing (Rough, parallel, identify a variable, bodystorming, user feedback)

  • Presentations

  • Reflection and discussion

Check out our TAYLOR events and the eventbrite page. TAYLOR is now located in Howard Tilton Memorial Library, on the 4th floor. Still have questions? Contact: Laura Murphy at