Innovation Design Summits

Design solutions to solve big problems and seize new opportunities at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ Innovation Design Summits. Each summit will be focused on a different mission-critical issue to the Alliance network, and all will call on participants to roll up their sleeves.

This is not a conference. Innovation Design Summit participants will bridge sectors and silos, collaborating to build solutions that can be adopted and accelerated by individual organizations and the Alliance network. Unlike a conference where you typically sit and listen to lectures on a preset agenda and set of topics, the Innovation Design Summits will get you out of your chair. You will help frame the design challenges that you want to address, and you’ll work alongside your fellow “designers” to research, generate ideas, test and refine solutions, and develop a plan to realize the solution.

Schedule of Summits

How will this work?

The summits will feature facilitated experiences that will tap into the knowledge and expertise of the people who have the answers to the challenges we are trying to solve for—you and your colleagues. By using human-centered design methods and tools, participants will uncover and build solutions the design challenges brought to the table. All summit participants will go through a systematic process of inspiration, ideation, and implementation.

Human-centered design is a repeatable, creative approach to problem solving that turns ideas into action. First popularized by design firms like IDEO to help companies create more user-friendly products, human centered design is now being applied to solve complex social problems and accelerate social innovation. Check out these case studies from Greater Good Studio, our Innovation Design Summit partner, to see how human-centered design is being used by the social sector.

What will I actually be doing?

We’ll welcome you to the summit and explain our process. Then, rapid-fire talks from national thought leaders will offer perspective for tackling challenge.

Spark Presentations
Start digging into the challenges by participating in two rounds of 60-minute presentations. They’ll prime your brain for innovation by introducing information about best practices, new knowledge, and creative solutions.

Design Labs
Through a series of 90-minute facilitated sessions, you will develop your solutions—from idea to implementation:

  • Design Lab 1: Frame your design challenges with your peers
  • Design Lab 2: Identify themes to the challenges you identify, craft insights, and convert challenges into design opportunities
  • Design Labs 3 and 4: Create larger concepts (we’ll call these prototypes) for further testing and implementation

Pitch Session and Implementation Planning
The summit will crescendo with a pitch session featuring some of the best concepts/prototypes. Regroup with colleagues to learn about the many solutions created during the two days of focused work, and together, we will plan for taking these concepts from ideas to action

View the schedule to learn more.

What happens after the summits?

This is not a one-and-done event. It is just the beginning of our shared efforts to bring the concepts to life. The Alliance will support ongoing efforts through the creation of Alliance Peer Exchange groups related to all of the summits and tools that facilitate peer-to-peer partnerships. Additionally, the Alliance will invite national partners and investors to aid in taking ideas to scale, and we will align our national strategy to support the full execution of these ideas.

Space is limited due to the high-engagement design format of the innovation summits. Register online now to reserve your spots.

Direct questions to the Alliance Meetings Department.

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