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Transportation and Communities Summit 2019 (September 19 - 20, 2019 at Portland State University) This annual event in Portland, Oregon connects national mobility-focused research to equitable practice and policy through breakout panels, Lightning Talks, student posters, skill-building workshops, and a keynote from urban data scientist Ben Wellington.

--Summit Day Pass (Sept 19): $250
------Nonprofit / Student Rate: $75
------Elected Official Rate: $95
--Workshop Half-Day Ticket (Sept 20): $95
--Workshop Full-Day Ticket (Sept 20): $190
Current members of our Community Partners get a $20 discount to the Summit Day. Contact us at asktrec@pdx.edu for a discount code. All sessions will be submitted for pre-approval to AICP, and are eligible for self-reporting to PDH for continuing education credits.

Hosted by the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University, and supported by our U.S. DOT grant-funded consortium: the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC).
Friday, September 20 • 9:00am - 4:00pm
Workshop (Full Day): Design Thinking Tactics for Urban Development

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Workshops are open to anyone: You do not need to be registered for the main Summit Day in order to purchase a workshop ticket. This full-day workshop cost $190. If you are a student or employee of a nonproft, reach out to get a discount code for 50% off.

This full-day Design Thinking training purposefully walks participants through design thinking exercises that will present a process overview, explore how Design Thinking methods can be used to understand the challenges facing transportation in our rapidly changing cities, and offer deep dives into how the Design Thinking mindset can be infused into our working communities.

Individual Purpose & Introduction--> Ice breaker to get to know each other from a purpose driven perspective.
Design Thinking Process Introduction--> Brief overview of Design Thinking
Design Thinking Process Integration--> Discuss where DT supplements current modes of working and how it best shines
Design Thinking Mindset Exercise--> Intentionally sets participants in the right frame of mind
Human-Centered Innovation--> Set up a team-based challenge to work on throughout the day
Empathy Mapping--> Drive deep connections to our residents, businesses, visitors, humans in our communities
Problem Statement--> Making sure we are working on the right problem with the right tools
Ideation--> How do we develop ideas with a human-centered approach
Idea Evaluation--> Evaluation of early ideas and how to let the evaluative process drive future iterations
Prototype for feedback--> Using prototypes as a communication device, how feedback drives iteration
Implementation--> How and when do we move to implementation with and for our community?
Rose, Bud, Thorn--> What do we like, what are we hopeful for, what was a pain?

  • This high engagement activity will provide a visceral understanding of the Design Thinking mindset.
  • Highlight how Design Thinking methodologies will lead to better transportation-focused solutions for communities and the people who interact with them.
  • Participants will work in small teams to complete the exercise; forming deep connection with a network of like-minded industry colleagues resulting in future collaboration opportunity.

This full-day workshop is eligible for 7 hours of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We can provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.

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Katherine Tucker

Transformation Designer, WERK_
Katherine (Katie) Tucker is a Design and Innovation Professional co-rooted in industry and academia. Katie is a classically trained Designer, by way of Architecture, with a focused lens on business and entrepreneurship.   Katie is the founder of WERK_, an innovation consulting firm... Read More →
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Stef Koehler

Partnering Consultant, WERK_
Stef is the Founder of Green Crane Innovation, an eco-design firm, as well as partnering consultant with Werk_, an innovation consulting firm, specializing in moments of critical transformation. She also teaches a course called Design Futures and Ecologies in the MA of Collaborative... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Smith Memorial Student Union at PSU 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201