The Community Leadership Program prepares leaders from across Greater Des Moines to be effective stewards for our community’s future. Class members increased their awareness of local issues and developed leadership skills. They applied design thinking to develop solutions for their class project, which was increasing the impact of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, ensuring all leaders have the skills needed to support our community for the next 40 years.
Design thinking is a problem-solving framework that facilitates innovation by keeping humans at the center. The five, non-linear phases of design thinking are empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. The first three phases involved the class project teams using experiences shared by living experts and stakeholders to inform the direction of their possible solutions. They then developed prototypes to test with those individuals, using input to refine, or sometimes reimagine, their possible solutions.
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