We welcome you to the Forge on March 29th – 31st, 2023!
Stay tuned for the zoom recordings of each session posted here!
Keynote Speaker Ela Ben-Ur : Our Innovators’ Compass
“We all face increasingly complicated, uncharted challenges every day—from our daily actions to big decisions, alone and together.
What if our best ways of getting unstuck were accessible for every person and moment?
This question fuels us in this passion work, and the simple yet powerful 5-question tool that’s emerged—used from preschools to global conferences, and companies to rural communities.
All resources here are free—please use and share them to unstick things in your world. Just 1) credit innovatorscompass.org and 2) share back your experiences, which propel this work.”
source: Ela Ben-Ur &The Innovators’ Compass
Community Storyhealing Workshop on March 29th
Featuring Camilo Romero – located at the Elon Community Church
Thursday, March 30th, 2023
Welcome & Visioning Keynote with Ela Ben-Ur and Danielle Lake – 9:00-9:50 am
Think Like An Organizer: The Story of Self with Jasmine Whaley – 10:00-11:00 am
Place-Based Storytelling as Participatory Design Practice with Sandy Marshall – 11:15 am-12:15 pm
Stories and Strategies I: Participatory Making to Learn & Community Engagement Lab with Foad Hamidi & Rachel Switzky – 1:15-2:45 pm
Co-create Beyond Cultural Barriers: Intergenerational Collaboration with Local Immigrant Aging Communities with JuanJuan “June” He – 3:00-4:00 pm
Day 1 Closing Keynote: “If Not Us, Then Who?” Healing Intergenerational Trauma Through Sociodrama Story-Telling with Camilo Romero – 4:30-5:30
Friday, March 31st, 2023
Where are we now? The Innovators Compass with Ela Ben-Ur – 8:30-9:00 am
Stories and strategies II: Intergenerational Design Teams with Fred Leichter – 9:00-9:45 am
Stories and strategies III: Designing for and with Relationships & Life Stages with Alden Burke & Michelle Janning – 10:00-11:20 am
Keynote Workshop: “How might we use design across intergenerational communities to create patient-centered care?” with Lesley-Ann Noel & Dr. Alessandra Bazzano – 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Stories and strategies IV: Lessons Learned from Integrating Human-Centered Design in Community-engaged Courses with Saad Shehab & Dhvani Toprani – 1:00-2:15 pm
Closing Keynote Workshop: Designing Futures: Social Science and Design for Intergenerational Centers with Raja Schaar – 2:30-3:30 pm
Design Thinking for Student Learning is Elon’s annual convening of design thinking educators, practitioners, and thought leaders. Each year, Design Forge addresses a topic of interest to higher education, strengthens collaboration in the design thinking community, and searches for new opportunities for design thinking to enhance student learning.
Design Forge is a hybrid/hyflex, interactive, and collaborative convening designed to support your efforts to cultivate participatory placemaking projects with strategies and networks of support.
The goal? Like in prior years, we will spend time together exploring the how-might-we question in an environment that is part design and part convening, launching new relationships and generating questions, resources, ideas, and frameworks that advance the value and impact of design thinking practices.
Learn more about what to expect at the Forge.
2023 Forge Facilitators
Our Innovators’ Compass
How might we accessibly harness diverse design abilities to uncover our stories, visualize the present, and codesign the future across generations? Participatory design across generations requires a compass, not a map. In this opening keynote, we’ll explore our shared stories and work together to envision Design Forge 2023.
“If Not Us, Then Who?” Designing Opportunities to Heal Intergenerational Trauma Through Sociodrama Story-Telling
Seven generations. Our life is impacted by our ancestors. And we become ancestors to those who follow us. How may we begin to break the cycle and heal intergenerational trauma? The design method of sociodramatic story-telling facilitates vulnerable introspection to recognize and address conflicts we carry in various somatic forms. ReGeneración has practiced this method with urban and rural communities affected by the violence in Colombia. As a supposed “post-conflict” civil society comes of age in various countries, how may we – locally and globally – heal our generation for the sake of the next.
Day Two: Friday, March 31st
Lesley-Ann Noel with Dr. Alessandra Bazzano
How might we use design across intergenerational communities to create patient-centered care?
In 2020, Alessandra Bazzano and Lesley-Ann Noel created an equity-centered design toolkit for engaging underrepresented groups in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR). The New Orleans-based research team worked with local stakeholders to translate methods used by designers and qualitative researchers into methods that could be used by people in public health. In this keynote talk and interactive workshop Forge, participants will get a chance to engage with the equity-centered design toolkit, learn about the research process used to create it, and provide feedback that will continue to improve the tools.
The Deepest Well: Exploring the creative capacity of mentors, friends, and other learning-centered relationships
How do our relationships shape the way we learn, move, and participate in the world around us? How do formal and informal learning environments influence our capacity to create, play, and fall further into ourselves? In this participatory session, we’ll explore our own relationships to better understand our most fruitful, generative, and safe learning environments. Participants will then work together to collectively ideate ways in which they might share and replicate these modes of relationships in and outside the classroom.
Designing Meaningful Boundaries across the Lifespan
What does research show about how different ages and other social groups attach meaning to designed things? How might our social locations affect the boundaries we create to separate or integrate various parts of our lives such as work and family? After a brief lecture where sociologist Michelle Janning shares her research findings on technology, boundaries, and objects, attendees will workshop their own meaning-making processes, with a particular emphasis on boundaries between public and private life realms. Part of the exercise will entail sharing ideas about how life stages may impact these boundaries.