LAST Conference Anywhere

LAST Anywhere Talk with Donna Spencer

Planning design thinking workshops

Donna Spencer, Melbourne, AU

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About the talk

Want to make your next design thinking workshop great? Join us for this talk on planning design thinking workshops.

Design thinking workshops are a great way for a group to work together to come up with creative solutions. When run well, groups can come up with more than they’d ever imagine possible.

Of course, great workshops don’t just happen. They are the result of careful goal setting, structuring and activity planning. Careful facilition helps everyone feel safe, understand what they are doing and contribute their experience and skill.

In this talk Donna will cover what it takes to plan a great design thinking workshop – from goal setting, structuring and choosing activites. Then she’ll talk about what it takes to manage the room itself – getting people warmed up, making them feel safe, encouraging contribution and making group decisions.

She is currently writing a book about this subject for A Book Apart and a book about Presenting Design Work for Sense and Respond Press.

About Donna

Donna is an expert in user experience design, user research, information architecture, facilitation, design thinking, service design, digital product design, and product leadership.
She has worked in many industries, including government, telecommunications, insurance, retail, not-for-profit, higher education and many more.

Donna has also written three books: on information architecture, card sorting and writing for the web. She’s currently writing two new books for A Book Apart and Sense and Respond Press.

Donna was a founder of UX Australia conference, running it for nine years.


Title: Planning design thinking workshops
Date: Monday, 15 June 2020
Duration: 60 minutes
Start Time:
Melbourne, Sydney. 08.00am AEST
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Keywords: design thinking, workshop planning

About LAST Anywhere Talks

LAST stands for Lean, Agile and Systems Thinking. It was born out of meetup groups and then a conference, started in Melbourne AU in 2012. Since then, it grew to also be held in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide. 1st Conference (Organisational Agility) and Spark the Change Melbourne (Meaning and Purpose at work and in society) are related conferences.

LAST Anywhere talks and workshops draw subject matter from the full range of topics covered by LAST, 1st and Spark the Change. Delivered online, they aim to provide non-formal learning and valuable interactions, and extend on the value provided by physical events.

All you need is a good internet connection, a webcam, headphones, and a microphone. Also, you will need the focus to be present and make the most of the session.