Everything here is free to use. I only ask attribution and feedback. And if you're comfortable, to share your experiences and me and others.
Pictured in the banner above (by educator Kevin Day while on a school retreat), this cuts and folds to a business card size. Take it anywhere, use it anytime! It offers simple guidance and an example. Thanks to Timothy Hall for this idea!
Compass graphics for your use. Click the link above, or pictures below, to enlarge and print.
A free digital compass to doodle in–on your own, or with others! Give it a try and let me and its creator, Hieu Nguyen, know how it works for you!
(note: it's having trouble saving compasses right now)
For users of the incredible online collaboration workspace MURAL, MURAL has made an Innovators' Compass template available—along with tools well-known in the innovation world like Empathy Map and Business Model Canvas! Thank you MURAL!
This is a 1-hour workshop led by Garrett Mason and myself. After a very simple interactive introduction to the Innovators' Compass, the participants used it in three different ways. Examples and Q&A follow.
This is a longer (2-hour) workshop, led by Kaleb Rashad, Eric Chagala, and myself. Please find slides we used and a set of examples and provocations we had available to show based on Q&A. We began by activating our underused human "tools", recognizing our landscape of challenges as leaders, and digging into a challenge with a partner using the Compass.
I'm honored to have the last chapter "Developing Portable, Powerful Design Thinking: The Innovators' Compass" in the book Taking Design Thinking To School edited by Shelley Goldman and Zaza Kabayadondo of Stanford University’s Research in Education and Design Lab (Routledge, November 2016). I can't post it here, but will happily send you a copy.
Short blog post with practical tips, written for the design collaboration platform Mural.ly (online sticky notes!), which has kindly included the Compass as one of its framework templates (along with Business Model Canvass, Empathy Maps, and others).
In response to Nicola Chin's thoughtful questions, including: Tell me about your passion project? Who's shoulders are you standing on? Your greatest learning? Challenge? Fear? Risk? Fun? How are you organizing people for this project?
1-2 minute videos that guide you in feeling, and going deep, in each space of the Compass. This a picture of all the cues given, one at a time, in the videos.
Ela Ben-Ur coaches an entrepreneur/leadership development professional in seeing his landscape of challenges (4 min), building the Innovators' Compass from his own experiences (9 min), and using it on a personal challenge (22 min). Thanks to filmaker Gregory Mang for donating his time!
Bogata-based educator Chris Davis got curious at the end of SXSW Edu in March 2017 about the background of design thinking and my work, and asked me to sit and chat with him for his podcast. Note: the sound dramatically improves at 16:08. .
Recorded in August 2015 for their Results May Vary podcast about what would happen if we used Design Thinking in our daily lives, Tracy Deluca and Chris Waugh ask great questions about the development of the compass. While it has evolved considerably since, the discussion is great and the core questions still hold.
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