Is design thinking a fad?

July 16, 2017Student Blogs

. Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about design. She asked me, “is design thinking a fad?” Will something else will come along and take its place? As someone changing directions to learn and practice design, I have to admit: the thought of design thinking being a fad gave me pause. The last … Read More

A Leap for Women’s Empowerment through Design

August 15, 2016Ei Community

Imagine a room filled with brightly colored boxes stacked along the walls and surrounded by bundles of quiz cards, notebooks, stickers, post-its, binder clips, and sharpies. There’s a whiteboard in the corner displaying drawings for a new marketing graphic, and on the computer beside it, Adobe Illustrator is starting to load and Google Calendar is … Read More

An Accountability Village

July 19, 2016Student Blogs

I’ve always been a ‘get it done’ kind of person. I’m usually juggling more than one project or opportunity at a time. I don’t like wasting time or energy doing something that isn’t productive. There was once a time when I had three part time jobs, was a full-time student, volunteered as a weekly youth … Read More

Thanks, Doan

July 18, 2016Student Blogs

“So you’re doing it.” I knew I was. That’s the thing with Doan. He’s direct and concise. Even his physical frame embodies it with its bony angles. He cut through all my concerns to tell me what I already knew: I was joining Experience Institute. The jumping bean concerns in my head, You’re still in … Read More

Venture Building

July 15, 2016Student Blogs

We are all pretty familiar with the venture building process for most startup ecosystems; on one side of the table there’s business-people: investors, advisors, realists. On the other side, you have idea-people: entrepreneurs, founders, visionaries. In the fall, I sourced founders at a seed fund in Hong Kong. I was in the investor camp. In … Read More

Prototyping at civilla

July 14, 2016Student Blogs

I came to civilla not knowing all that much about the organization, besides hearing whispers from friends/classmates who have been there and shared back that there is magic in Detroit and that time at civilla can be life-course-altering. NBD. On my first day, I arrived slightly late and blurry eyed after a very delayed 3am … Read More