Human-Centered Design – Costa Rica


Course Information – UPEACE Campus in Costa Rica

Saturday, November 10, 2018

“Enabling people to gain innovation confidence is as important as gaining literacy skills.” – David Kelly, Founder of IDEO and Stanford d. School.

Are you facing challenges that are not easily addressed through a conventional problem-solving approach either in your professional or personal life? Do you need to stimulate innovation in your organization? Human-Centered Design is a creative approach to problem-solving that brings together empathy, teamwork and rationality. It is both a mindset of feeling the confidence to take on challenges as well as a logical process.

This intensive workshop will guide you through the methodology, combining some theory with hands-on practical application in small groups. By the end of the seminar you will have practiced the methodology with a real challenge you are facing and will also be prepared to apply the process back to your workplace or personal life.


To apply to this course, please fill out our online application (click here).

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Dominate a powerful new tool applicable in both your personal and professional life
  • Be inspired and reinvigorated by interactive, cutting-edge content
  • Emerge with a new confidence in your innovation skills
  • Gain a new network of local and international colleagues interested in making positive impact
  • Earn a certificate from the UN-established University for Peace to include on your resume and professional profile

Course Format

The course is designed to be a practical and hands-on workshop, allowing space for sharing and peer-to-peer learning.


Mohit Mukherjee, Instructor Diploma in Social InnovationMohit Mukherjee, the founding Director of the Centre for Executive Education. He is also the founder of Changemakers International, an organization focused on enabling youth to gain the skills to be social innovators. He has served as Vice President of Programs for Watson U. Prior to these positions, Mohit Mukherjee served as Education Program Manager of the Earth Charter Initiative. Mohit earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University in 1995 and did his Master’s at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2002.

You can read his short blog post on ‘Unpacking Design Thinking‘.

Course Cost

Enroll with a colleague and each will receive a 15% discount. Contact us for groups of 3 or more.

All participants will be awarded a certificate from the University for Peace’s Centre for Executive Education upon completion of the course.

What is Human-Centered Design?

Pioneered by the famous design company IDEO, Human-Centered Design is an approach to problem-solving that puts the needs of the end user at the heart of the problem-solving process. Human-Centered Design originated to combat design problems targeting the development of physical products, but is now commonly used in business, international development, education and more. The process offers a set of concrete steps that encourage creativity, innovation, and collaborative responses to the every day challenges we all face.

HCD is a very flexible process. It’s being used in a lot of different contexts—from designing in high-tech companies to non-profits looking to solve complex issues. At the end of the day it’s a very logical set of steps that you can apply to any issue, including ones in your personal life. For example, design thinking has been used to help people break negative patterns, exercise more, and develop healthier relationships. It captures a ‘let’s learn by trying it out’ approach.

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Check out a short video from a recent Spanish-language Human-Centered Design workshop at UPEACE.
*Please Note: Video is in Spanish

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