Innovating is at the core of successful enterprises today whether in congregations, or start-ups, or nonprofit agencies. It requires diligence, discipline, and the credible projections of future trends and competitive forces. It requires imagination, focus and human resources. It also requires shared tools, practices, and habits of mind.
This course will introduce students to the tools and practices of innovation, deep congregational insight, and design thinking in churches. This is a learn-by-doing lab. Students will work collaboratively to understand and then solve challenges of today’s congregational agencies.
The goal of this course is to equip students with skills and practices that drive administration and management in pastoral organizations, business, and social innovation. These practices enable one to meaningfully contribute to congregation-centered problem solving; they emphasize empathy, flattened hierarchies and networked decision making with large and small churches.
Students will be introduced to research methods, ethnographic interviewing/observation, analysis and synthesis, reflective thinking, persona and scenario creation, ideation processes, rapid prototyping, collaboration, concept testing, iterative design, and narrative communication.
About the Instructor
Clark Kellogg has been a pioneer in the field of Design Thinking for 30 years. Trained as an architect, Kellogg has practiced architecture, product design, and strategy design. He has taught in the architecture school and the business school at UC Berkeley since 2001. At the Haas School of Business, Kellogg teaches the core MBA course in Design Thinking and Innovation. He is consistently ranked in the top 5% of the faculty. He is also the founding partner of BIG – the Berkeley Innovation Group, serving companies, universities, NGOs and governments in Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. Currently writing a book about design, Advanced Common Sense, Kellogg is a sought after keynote speaker and sails boats for fun.
Dates: June 26- 30, 2017, M-F
Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Credits: 1.5 (2.0 CEUs)
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