Design Thinking – Live Virtual Workshop

5-week virtual workshop

October 18th – November 15th, 2022

Tuesdays 12 noon – 1:30pm Eastern Time (New York)

“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 approaches? Do you need to stimulate innovation in your organization?

Design Thinking is a creative approach to problem-solving that brings together empathy, curiosity and teamwork. It is a mindset that can be used to address any problem.

This intensive workshop will guide you through the methodology, combining theory with a lot of hands-on practical application. By the end of the seminar you will have practiced Design Thinking with a real challenge you are facing both at your workplace and in your personal life.

What is Design Thinking?

Pioneered by the famous design company IDEO,  Design Thinking is an approach to problem-solving that puts the needs of the end user at the heart of the problem-solving process. Design Thinking is now commonly used in business, international development, nonprofit, education and more.

Design Thinking is a very flexible process.  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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What is a live online workshop?

Turn on your webcam! This program is much more than recorded videos – it’s quite the opposite. The ‘live virtual’ workshops will replicate face-to-face sessions, as if we were together in the same room. We will be dynamic, using break-out rooms, real-time polls, and interactive activities.

Check out this 2-minute video for a glimpse into the virtual workshop experience.

Learn more about Live Online Workshops here.

Check out this 1 minute video from a recent Design Thinking workshop at UPEACE:

Past Participants Say:

“In an era that is encouraging collaboration, the CEE provides a set of indispensable tools for helping choose the next step.”
– Christine Larson, Costa Rica/USA

“This course gave me a way/tool to organize my ideas to make the challenges I have to face more manageable, approachable and less scary.”
– Viviana Mora, Costa Rica

“The knowledge, contacts and inspiration gained through the UPEACE CEE have had such a positive impact on my life. It has really inspired me to do more in my business and life to make the world a better place.”
– Tui Frye, Costa Rica/USA

“We learned everyone has the creativity to use Design Thinking (and not overthinking).”
– Irma Verhoeven, The Netherlands/Costa Rica

Beginning on October 18th, 2022, this live virtual workshop takes place over 5 weeks, with 1 session each week on Tuesdays from 12pm – 1:30pm Eastern Time (New York). These sessions will be complemented by readings, videos and assignments in-between sessions as well, allowing you to delve deeper into the topics and put what you’ve learned into practice! Each session will cover a different key design thinking concept.

Throughout the workshop, the session topics will include:

  1. Session 1: Overview of the Design Thinking process
  2. Session 2: Living Examples of Design Thinking in Action
  3. Session 3: Applying Design Thinking to Actual Challenges
  4. Session 4: Extending Your Creative Confidence with Design Thinking
  5. Session 5: Putting it all together

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 University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The Design Thinking workshop is purposefully designed to be applicable at all ages and career levels, and across a variety of fields. Participants often share some of the following characteristics:

  • A desire to cultivate a methodology for innovation
  • A need to have an approach for tackling complex life-challenges
  • Wanting to connect with professionals of diverse backgrounds
  • People in fast-growing career fields wanting to stay ahead of the curve

This 5-week live virtual workshop will be held online, via five 90-minute sessions, from October 18th – November 15th, 2022. Sessions are held on Tuesdays from 12pm-1:30pm Eastern Time (New York).

$750 tuition rate for the 4-week live virtual workshop. A certificate is awarded upon completion by the Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Enroll with a colleague each will receive a 10% discount. Contact us for groups of 3 or more.

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Course Facilitators

Mohit Mukherjee facilitator

Mohit is an innovator in the learning and development area, with over a decade of experience working with professionals in the areas of innovation, leadership, and well-being. In 2006, he founded the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education. Mohit’s background includes management consulting with A.T. Kearney, working with a global non-profit with a focus on sustainable development, leading a private-public partnership, and starting a profitable education enterprise. Mohit incorporates Design Thinking into virtually all of his workshops. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and did his Master’s at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was born in Greece to Indian parents and currently resides in South Florida.


Abhinav Khanal also facilitates the Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Social Change course. Abhinav is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of Bean Voyage, a non-profit social enterprise that provides training and market access to smallholder women coffee producers in Costa Rica and Nepal.

He is also the Co-Founder & Chief Thought Officer at Little Big Fund, which provides knowledge, networks, and micro-grants to early-stage non-profit leaders around the world. He is a Cordes Fellow, Resolution Fellow, Trust Scholar, Watson Scholar, and a One Young World Ambassador. Abhinav has a B.A in Political Science from Earlham College

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