Design Your Life Workshop Series

By registering for this event, you're signing up for all 3 sessions. It is recommended to attend all three sessions, however, video presentations will be available to those who cannot attend all of them.

This 3-session workshop will help you explore what motivates you and creates energy and identify up to three possible career designs. It is based on the book Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, professors at Stanford. Burnett and Evans originally created a class for the Stanford Design School ( to help students use the Design Thinking paradigm to explore jobs after college.

Design Thinking originated with human-centered design and is incorporated at the Stanford to teach students techniques for innovating products, services, and experiences. This workshop will help students learn techniques to apply design thinking to the process of designing and building life and career.


  • Help participants understand the concepts of thinking like a designer.
  • Step through how design thinking can be applied to career and life exploration.
  • Provide interactive exercises to outline the process of Designing Your Life.

Session 1 - Tuesday, January 29 | 5:30 - 7 pm | MESAB FLEM 178

1. Background

  • What is Designing Thinking
  • Thinking like a designer

2. Determining where you are

  • How’s it going?
  • Inventory of health, work, play and love
  • Building a compass encompassing workview and lifeview
  • Identify areas of engagement, energy and flow in your life (Homework – Good Time Journal)

Session 2 - Tuesday, February 5 | 5:30 - 7 pm | MESAB FLEM 178

3. Practice generating ideas like a designer

  • Free association with mind-mapping, brainstorming using the Good Time Journal
  • Reserving judgement

4. Explore designing your life

  • How to create multiple five-year “Odyssey Plans” using the mind maps
  • (Homework – three Oddyssey Plans – current plan, what-if plan, and wild & crazy plan)

Session 3 - Tuesday, February 12 | 5:30 - 7 pm | MESAB FLEM 178

  • Develop questions to use in determining possible conversations and experiences to help prototype and test these plans.
  • Narrowing down options
  • Failing forward / failing fast and iterating
  • Wrap-up & reflections

Tuesday, February 12 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Idea Forge, MESAB FLEM 178

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Development & Training, Career & Networking, Entrepreneurial Community






Innovation & Entrepreneurship
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