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Design Thinking & Leadership: What do you need to do to be ready for the next normal?

Online Webinar Series
Monday, November 16, 2020 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM) (EST)

This is a four-week series beginning on Mondays (start date: November 16), Tuesdays (start date: November 17), or Wednesdays (start date: November 18). You will select your preferred date at checkout.

This is being hosted by DANA's partner, the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands. All confirmation information will come from them.



Members: $99
Not-Yet-Members: 198

To register, please visit:

Event Details


Brain Buzz with Gilbert + Chittenden
What do you need to be ready for the next normal?

Brain Buzz is a series of workshops that brings together a community of caring & open-minded leaders to apply creativity to real problems. Guided through design thinking and related creativity techniques, participants work together to generate new ideas & support one another in a highly-engaged environment. 

Brain Buzz will meet once a week for four weeks. Choose from a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday cohort & join a community of engaged nonprofit leaders tacking real-world problems in innovative ways.

The promise of Brain Buzz: 

  • Share creative techniques for applied problem solving to 'get unstuck'. 
  • Cheer up the cheerleaders! Help leaders & staff navigate the uncertainty & demands of today while planning for the future. 
  • Strengthen networks through supportive, stimulating conversation. 

You can expect to... 

  • learn new creativity techniques to apply to strategic & tactical initiatives, 
  • practice deeper listening & empathizing skills with talented & supportive colleagues, 
  • take turns sharing specific challenges & work across boundaries to help one another think differently about specific challenges, 
  • generate new questions & explore answers to think differently about constraints. 

To maximize interaction, sessions will be limited to 20 registrants. Choose one of the following at check out: 

  • Monday sessions: November 16, 23, 30 & December 7 
  • Tuesday sessions: November 17, 24, December 1 & 8 
  • Wednesday sessions: November 18, 25, December 2 & 9


  • DANA Members: $99 
  • Not-Yet Members: $198 


What is Design Thinking? 

Design thinking is a solutions-based, innovative process used to address challenges. Design thinking is rooted in empathy and driven by ongoing feedback, reflection and iteration. The design thinking process requires that participants immerse themselves in the experience of those who are impacted by a particular challenge. Participants seek to identify the origin of that challenge, look at the challenge in new ways, and brainstorm creative ways to approach it - constantly making adjustments based on feedback loops and lessons learned. 

About Gilbert + Chittenden

Dan Gilbert works with leaders, policymakers, educators, and nonprofit “doers” on design thinking, learning, and strategy. Through workshops, strategic consulting, and speaking, he helps organizations build cultures marked by creativity, caring, and learning. Dan has worked with universities around the world, government ministries in Denmark and Sweden, global corporations, and foundations and nonprofits in the United States. In addition to consulting, Dan has taught multiple design thinking and learning courses at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education and at Aarhus University in Denmark. He holds a Master’s degree in Learning, Design, and Technology from Stanford. 

Stuart Chittenden believes that conversation helps us to live better and work well. Driven by that belief, Stuart designs and delivers conversation programs for corporate and nonprofit organizations, and for public and community purposes. Stuart is formerly a partner at the Omaha-based branding consultancy, David Day Associates, where he consulted on brand strategy with local and national clients. Prior to consulting, Stuart was a London-based lawyer working with international legal practices. He has a Master’s level certification in Organization Learning & Development through the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


Additional Information
Event Contact:
Jenni Brand
Contact Organization:
Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA)
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