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Have you ever started a new project, grant or partnership only to get that sinking feeling that your worst fears about it are starting to happen?

But why didn’t you listen to your gut? Because listening to your gut comes with great risk. But ignoring your gut leaves you extremely vulnerable to exploitation by those with power over the situation.

This workshop will take stock of the projects you and your team have recently worked on and from there, build a rubric to triage future opportunities.

What if you and your team could preemptively triage any new project, grant or partnership? What if you and your team could defend the decision to turn down new projects, grants or partnerships? What if you and your team could get rigorous and practical handle on the ideal projects, grants or partnerships?

Learning Objectives:

+ At the end of the workshop, participants can expect to leave with a self-made rubric that allows each attendee to triage all future, incoming grants, partnerships, and opportunities, as well as surfacing reflections on past initiatives

+ Determine the characteristics of new initiatives that i are ideal for you and your organization

+ Set the conditions that have to be met for new initiatives to be a good fit for you and your organization

+ Spot the red flags that make new initiatives the kind that you regret later

The workshop will be delivered by George Aye, Co-Founder and Director of Innovation at Greater Good Studio. George co-founded Greater Good Studio with the belief that design can advance equity for all. Previously, he spent seven years at global innovation firm IDEO before being hired as the first human-centered designer at the Chicago Transit Authority. Since founding Greater Good, he has worked across complex social issues such as criminal justice, civic engagement, public education, public health and youth development. Greater Good Studio was awarded the TED Prize City 2.0 (2012) and recognized in the Public Interest Design 100 list (2013). The studio’s work was featured in LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation (published 2016) and Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook (published 2015). He is a frequent speaker and workshop facilitator. He presented on the topic of design and power at SXSW 2018 and the Service Design Global Conference 2017. George holds the position of Adjunct Full Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Find George on LinkedIn!

General itinerary —

6:00 pm ~ 6:30 pm Grab a Bite (pizza provided) & Network

6:30 pm ~ 8:00 pm Gut Check Workshop with George

8:00 pm ~ 8:30 pm Wrap Up, Continued Networking

See you there :)