Reporting by Stefani Bachetti
The IIT Institute of Design held its annual Strategy Conference last week in downtown Chicago, a two-day event full of inspiring and interesting talks about using design thinking and innovation to solve complex issues. Socially conscious innovation was a common topic this year, from improving agricultural techniques in Africa to enabling University of Chicago students and professionals to collaboratively tackle major problems in healthcare, as well as revitalizing abandoned lands in Detroit with a community development and agriculture program.
Check out the sketchnotes below summarizing the ideas behind this year's event. You'll find synopses on speakers like Carl Bass with Autodesk, Catherine Casserly of Creative Commons, Stepan Pachikov, founder of Evernote, Bruce Nussbaum and Barry Schwartz from Swarthmore College, among others.
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Carl Bass, President and CEO, Autodesk
Mark Tebbe, Operating Executive, Lake Capital / Stepan Pachikov, Founder, Evernote
Amory Lovins, Cofounder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute / Kim Erwin, Assistant Professor, IIT Institute of Design
Laura Hartman, Professor of Business Ethics, Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University / Connie Duckworth, Founder and CEO, ARZU
Catherine Casserly, CEO, Creative Commons / Brian Love, Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Vijay Kumar, Professor, IIT Institute of Design Author, 101 Design Methods: A Structured Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization / Barry Schwartz, Professor of Psychology, Swarthmore College
Gary Wozniak, President and CEO, RecoveryPark / Lou Yongqi, Vice Dean, College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University / Jonathan Allan, Associate Director of Innovation Programs, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Chicago
Bruce Nussbaum, Professor, Parsons The New School for Design