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Program Design that Works for People


Human Centered Design (HCD) is a method of conceptualizing solutions, long used in the for-profit world, which starts by connecting with the people you serve. Through a unique set of techniques for collecting and interpreting data, the HCD Method can help you understand a community’s needs in new ways, find innovative solutions to meet those needs, and deliver those solutions with financial sustainability in mind. It’s the method that led to innovations such as the HeartStart defibrillator and the Blood Donor System for the Red Cross—all of which have helped millions of people.

This Field Trip will convene at the Museum of Design, where you’ll get an introduction to design thinking and method. You’ll also receive an HCD toolkit, which walks you through the process and supports activities such as building listening skills, running workshops, and implementing ideas.

About the Speaker

Laura Flusche: CEO, Museum of Design Atlanta
Flusche, a Renaissance art historian, came to museum work via the Institute of Design and Culture, which she founded while living in Italy. The institute paired art experts with travelers wanting custom tours. Flusche, who moved to Atlanta in 2000, enrolled in the Savannah College of Art and Design’s program in arts administration and joined MODA in 2010 as associate director and took on the CEO role in 2013.

Mount Vernon's Institute for Innovation accelerates the rate of the School's growth on a local and national scale while providing Mount Vernon students real world opportunities to be innovators now. Through professional learning workshops, international exchange opportunities, and service and outreach, the Institute builds mission aligned public-private partnerships.

Bo Adams, Chief Learning & Innovation Officer at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
In June 2013, Bo joined Mount Vernon Presbyterian School as Chief Learning and Innovation Officer. Prior to his appointment at MVPS, Bo served as the Director of Educational Innovation at Unboundary, a strategic design studio in Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in transformational change processes, communications, and brand significance. Additionally, Bo regularly pursues deeper understanding in the area of “schools of the future and the future of schools.” Bo currently serves on the board of directors at MODA.

Mary Cantwell (@scitechyedu) is a 17-year educator with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in Technology. Mary has shared her talents as an educator and innovator at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School for the last eight years.  She dove DEEP into design thinking, encouraged visible thinking, and sparked a rapid transformation into 21st Century learning, thinking, and creating.

As the Director for Mount Vernon’s Center for Design Thinking, she adapted Stanford’s d. School design thinking model into DEEP – Discover, Empathize, Experiment, Produce. Mary has presented at numerous conferences, including Tech Forum, NAIS, //fuse, SXSWedu Makerspace, Martin Institute, and EduCon. As well as conducted professional learning workshops and coached on DEEPdt at Stanford University’s d.School “K12 Workshop”, “DEEPdt (i)gnite” at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and “Innovation in Teaching” at Episcopal Academy. Recently, Mary was named 1 of 25 NAIS Teachers of the Future and also earned the Class Act award from NBC news affiliate, 11Alive.

It is a rare moment that Mary is not connected, as she is an active Twitterhead who feels passionately about demonstrating and sharing the Design Thinking methodology through her tweets. Many followers also enjoy her i.Design Lab blog and her site for DEEP Design Thinking.  Also, she is a cofounder of #dtk12chat, a weekly conversation about design thinking in K12 Education.


















Program Stats:


Wednesday, September 17


9:30 am - 12:30 pm


1315 Peachtree St. NE

Registration Details

Capacity: 35

This is one of many events you may use to create your Field Trip experience. Once you purchase your package, you will be prompted to select your individual Field Trip sessions. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more about the registration process.

Street parking

Arts Center Station: Follow Arts Center Loop to 15th St. and turn left. Follow 15th St. to Peachtree St. and turn left. MODA will be on your right, before 16th St.