Human-Centered Design – Costa Rica

Friday-Saturday, May 3-4, 2019

UPEACE Campus in Costa Rica

“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?

Human-Centered Design is a creative approach to problem-solving that brings together empathy, curiosity and teamwork. It is both a mindset that every problem can be addressed.

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 Human-Centered Design with a real challenge you are facing both at your workplace and in your personal life.

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 is now commonly used in business, international development, nonprofit, education and more.

Human-Centered Design 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,Human-Centered Design 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.

Check out this short video from a recent Human-Centered Design workshop at UPEACE:

(Content in Spanish)

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

Agenda Highlights:

  • Overview of HCD
  • Experiencing the Process
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Applying HCD to your professional life
  • Designing Your personal Life using HCD
  • 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.

Human-Centered Design 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

$725 tuition rate. Enroll before March 15th and pay only $475!  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 15% discount. Contact us for groups of 3 or more.

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Course Facilitator


The course will be led by Mohit Mukherjee. Mohit Mukherjee is the Founding Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education. He is also the founder of Changemaker International, an organization focused on enabling youth to gain the skills to be social innovators. He has also served as Vice President of Programs for Watson U, the first incubator leading to a degree for next generation social entrepreneurs. Prior to these positions, Mohit Mukherjee served as Education Program Manager of the Earth Charter Initiative, a global movement of organizations and individuals promoting sustainable development. 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. He currently resides in Florida.

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 HCD doing (and not overthinking) Design Thinking.”
– Irma Verhoeven, The Netherlands/Costa Rica

See more Human-Centered Design testimonials here!