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Design Your Midd: Using Design Thinking Strategies for Midd and Beyond

Join us for a 1 ½ hour workshop based on the NYT-bestselling book, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Joyful, Well-Lived Life. We will introduce you to design thinking tools that will help you creatively bring balance and focus to big life decisions (i.e summer internships, majors, career exploration, study abroad, etc). Leave with a personal strategy for planning out your time at Middlebury, and beginning to envision a meaningful life beyond.

Using Life Design Strategies for Midd & Beyond

How Many Lives Are You?

You’re in your “Odyssey Years” — these important years are where you explore who you are going to be as an emerging adult. This Studio workshop will use Stanford Life Design Lab techniques to support you to create, explore, and try out your many possible futures! We’ll teach you how to think like a designer, and build a life you love DURING and AFTER Middlebury.

In this Studio, you’ll:

  • Create thoughtful visions of your future
  • Share your visions with classmates
  • Imagine how to create prototypes of your ideas at Middlebury and beyond
  • Get feedback that helps you further clarify your plan(s)

RSVP via Handshake here.

Join us: Friday, November 15th, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the CCE Living Room (20 Old Chapel Road)

Design Your Midd Studio, 10/24-Kenyon Lounge @7PM

Over-committed, or figuring out how to get involved outside of your athletic schedule?

Trying to figure out how to connect to what’s meaningful to you? Join us for one or more of the Experiential Learning Centers’ Design Your Midd Studio workshops!

We are co-sponsoring and piloting a short series of workshops which we are calling “Design Your Midd” Studios based off of the NYT-bestselling book Designing Your Life: How to Build a Joyful, Well-Lived Life. The studios are geared towards helping students build self-awareness and design thinking skills to help you craft a meaningful college experience and beyond.

The first of the series is on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 7:00-8:00 PM in Kenyon Lounge. Others are posted below. For more information and to sign up for this studio on Handshake, click this RSVP button.

Hope to see you there! 

Design Your Midd Studio: Energy Engagement Mapping

TIME: 4:30-5:30 PM

Apply the innovation principles of design thinking to the wicked problem of designing your life at and after Middlebury during a series of Studios being offered through the Innovation Hub and Center for Careers and Internships.

Gain awareness of your own energy levels throughout the week and of your energy ups and downs to make choices about which activities to spend time doing. Learn how to organize your time to optimize energy so that you’re more in balance and you’re not staying “stuck”. Your facilitators, who were trained at the Stanford d.School, will bring to you exercises from the NYT best-selling book Designing Your Life: How To Build A Well-Lived, Joyful Life. This studio will create the space necessary for you to reflect on your own agency and to map your own energy engagement while helping you see trends and make adjustments to navigate more smoothly during your 4 years at Middlebury or at any time in your life.

Snacks provided and looking forward to seeing you in CCI’s ADK House Library. Please RSVP HERE on Handshake.

Have you ever felt STUCK deciding what you want to be when you grow up? You’re NOT alone…

Whether you are a senior or a 1st-year, thinking what you’ll be doing beyond graduation can feel like a wicked big problem. Join us Weds., 10/2 @ 7PM in Davis Library 105A/B for a 2-hour workshop based on the popular Stanford undergraduate course and book, Designing Your Life: How To Build A Well-Lived, Joyful Life. Workshop will be led by Ernie Parizeau, Middlebury Prof. of the Practice and MiddCORE Mentor. The workshop will introduce students to design thinking concepts and tools which can be used to help students build out their careers and a meaningful life beyond Middlebury. Workshop is limited to 30 participants and for those registering, the NYT bestselling book, Designing Your Life, will be provided!

Be one of the first 30 students to RSVP on Handshake HERE to receive your copy of the book!


Creative Confidence Series
Featuring IDEO’s Design for Food Studio
Wednesday January 24, 2018
9:30am PT / 12:30pm ET

RSVP here for this free 45-minute session.

IDEO’s Design for Food studio uses design thinking to tackle complex global food challenges, creating holistic solutions that span product, brand, packaging, services, space and new ventures.

In this Creative Confidence Series chat with Lynda Deakin, Managing Director of IDEO’s Design for Food studio, we’ll discuss the future of food and how design can drive the food system toward sustainable change.

About the Guests

A Partner at IDEO, Lynda Deakin brings eighteen years of experience working with a broad range of food and beverage clients to her work. She is the Managing Director of IDEO’s Design for Food studio, helping companies solve their toughest problems and identify opportunities for growth. Her empathic approach enables clients to address people’s unmet desires and empowers them to tackle a wide variety of design and innovation challenges—from designing the next $100MM product to creating strategic development platforms. Lynda has collaborated with a range of clients, from large food companies such as ConAgra, Whitewave Foods, and The Hershey Company, to smaller start-ups and agents of change that are trying to reshape the future of food. She believes that design is a tool that can help us build a more sustainable food system while changing consumers’ behaviors for the better.

Suzanne, a longtime IDEO partner, led IDEO’s global insights capability, pioneering many of the techniques now at the forefront of how businesses understand human needs. Passionate about helping people bring these techniques to their work, Suzanne founded the IDEO U online learning platform and courses.



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