The primary objective of the class project is to provide class members with opportunities to develop meaningful leadership skills in real-world settings, while impacting a community issue and ultimately preparing class members to effectively lead change in Greater Des Moines.
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.
The Community Leadership Program Class of 2022 Project will be announced later this year.
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