PCI Webinar with Stephanie Gerding
Need to Solve a Problem? Try Design Thinking
Competency: Personal/Interpersonal Competencies
Sub-Category: Contributes to a problem-solving environment and works toward mutually acceptable solutions
Design thinking is an approach for generating and exploring ideas, solving problems, fostering collaboration, inspiring innovation, and encouraging experimentation. It is useful for developing grant project ideas, engaging staff in implementing strategic plans, responding to community needs, and solving everyday challenges.
With design thinking, you will truly understand the problem, generate lots of different choices and possibilities and then identify the opportunities that have the most possibilities for impact.
At the conclusion of webinar, participants will be able to:
• apply design thinking techniques
• investigate and creatively solve problems and respond to opportunities
• use methods to address challenges optimistically, creatively, and quickly
• foster collaboration and staff involvement to foster a culture of innovation
Design Thinking for Libraries is a toolkit funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and IDEO, a global design firm, that covers all the steps needed to use this process.
Stephanie Gerding — Biography
Stephanie Gerding is an internationally known consultant, librarian, author, and trainer. Stephanie plans and conducts learning events on training, evaluation, grants, technology, digital literacy, planning, and advocacy topics. Stephanie has success in all areas of library fundraising including work as a library grant reviewer, writer, trainer, project manager, evaluator, and fundraising consultant for libraries and schools.
Stephanie is an author of three books, including Winning Grants and The Accidental Technology Trainer, as well as over 20 professional library articles on fundraising. She was the original columnist for the Public Library Association’s Bringing in the Money column. She has been an evaluator for library grant programs at the New Mexico and Arizona State Libraries, worked as a library grant evaluator and grantee advisor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and is a certified trainer for PLA. She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and energetic eight-year-old daughter.