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Live Access to Faculty
Engage in live discussions with classmates and the Berkeley faculty.
Add a design project to your portfolio as you master the innovation process.
Collaborate with a team of experienced professionals.
Silicon Valley Expertise
Gain unique insight from leading industry experts in Silicon Valley.
about this program
Innovation is a process that requires diligence, discipline, and focus. It calls for mental frameworks that foster curiosity, empathy, and the suspension of judgment. It also requires shared tools, practices, and habits of mind - delivering on which is a core promise of this program.
A fundamental premise of this Design Thinking program is that creativity is something all humans have access to. The course will introduce you to the tools and practices of innovation, to deep customer insights, and to Design Thinking in a variety of business contexts.
90+ exclusive video lectures, guest interviews, short assessments, and discussion boards
This course is team-based and culminates in a capstone project. You will have the benefit of continuously applying the frameworks and techniques you will learn to a real-world challenge. In addition to the video content, each team will work with a dedicated team facilitator and participate in live, synchronous sessions with the faculty. Participants who successfully complete the six-week curriculum will receive a certificate of accomplishment issued by The Berkeley Innovation Group.
If you are looking for deep, applied Design Thinking training, the small-cohort format will enable you to forge professional connections and immerse yourself in the innovation cycle with a distributed team. The live access to UC Berkeley innovation lecturers and the opportunity to collaborate make this a truly remarkable experience on par with in-person workshops.
Continuous teamwork alongside facilitators and faculty with team live workshops each week
Weekly live faculty-led case discussions and lectures
Space in the cohort is limited to 20 participants to ensure a highly interactive experience. Seats are filled on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to register as early as possible (and no later than the stated enrollment deadline).
Nov 2, 2020 - Dec 19, 2020
Apply by November 1
The live sessions with faculty are scheduled for 7:00 am PST each Friday.
MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
Clark is a Senior Lecturer in the Innovation, Creativity, and Design Practice group at UC Berkeley Haas. He runs corporate and graduate workshops in innovation practices and communications, and has advanced training as an executive coach and facilitator.
He has practiced architecture, product design, graphic design, corporate strategy innovation, and global brand management for several decades. He is a co-founder of The Berkeley Innovation Group.
Jeff is the CEO and Co-founder of The Berkeley Innovation Group, which is built upon the philosophy that corporate innovation requires a process of advanced common sense known as Design Thinking.
He works to transform companies and their employees by using an experiential learning approach to infuse Design Thinking capabilities into executive teams and throughout company cultures. Jeff recently joined the faculty at Berkeley Haas, where he teaches Design Thinking alongside Clark.
Director, Strategic Innovation
Dr. Vivek Rao
Lecturer, Innovation & Design
Berkeley Innovation Group
Service Designer, Germany
Possibilist & Innovator
learn skills to drive innovation
Design Thinking skills, mindsets, and practices to drive innovation by approaching complex problems in new ways and discovering novel solutions.
Knowledge of research methods, ethnography techniques, user interview skills, and how to generate insights from large amounts of field data.
Ability to identify the real, underlying problems and needs of customers and to generate solutions through experiments, rapid prototyping, iterative design, and storytelling.
A structured framework and methodology for maximizing the return on limited resources in new-venture contexts and for accelerating innovation in medium- and large-sized organizations.
design thinking on a global level
This applied program is best suited for business leaders and professionals who are looking to master the innovator's mindset and put it to use toward solving practical challenges in their corporate, government, or not-for-profit context.
Past participants have come from:
Industries: Healthcare, Higher Education, Information Technology, Management Consulting, Retail, Supply Chain & Logistics, and Entrepreneurship.
Job Functions: CEO, Vice President, Account Executive, IT Expert, College Dean, Software Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Consultant, etc.
Countries: Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Holland, Japan, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States.
What past participants say
I completed most of my undergraduate degree online, and this course reset my expectations of what an online course can be. The high degree of teamwork, interaction with the faculty, and the crisp, high-quality video lectures provided a very enjoyable and engaging learning experience.
-Heather U., USA, Senior Account Manager
Frequently asked questions
Can I pay in installments?
Yes. Payment plans are available for the two cohort-based (Practitioner and Specialist) tracks. If you are unable to make the full payment by the enrollment deadline, email email@example.com to set up a payment plan with three monthly installments that span the length of your learning experience.
Can I earn a certificate?
Yes. The Berkeley Innovation Group will grant a Certificate to participants in the Practitioner and Trainer tracks. All learners who complete the course modules will get a Knowdeon digital badge. Note that this course is not sponsored by or affiliated with UC Berkeley. If you have additional questions, please send your query to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I interact with the faculty?
Unlike other platforms, we ensure that you get to interact with the actual instructors. Due to the small cohort sizes (max. 30 participants), you also get an unparalleled opportunity to forge personal relationships with the faculty and fellow students.
Will I receive a 1098-T tax form at the end of the year?
The 1098-T tax form can only be issued by eligible educational institutions such as universities. Knowdeon is not considered an "accredited body". Our courses are designed for working professionals who are looking for continuous professional development beyond matriculated degree programs.
How is this course related to UC Berkeley?
This course is taught by UC Berkeley Haas faculty but it has no affiliation with the university or its official programs. The course is delivered in partnership with The Berkeley Innovation Group, a faculty-led consultancy serving corporate, non-profit, and government clients in the Bay Area and around the globe.