Intentional Design

Course Director: Lisa Rollins, PhD

The concept of “intention” is defined by “Wikipedia” as follows:

“Intention is an agent‘s specific purpose in performing an action or series of actions, the end or goal that is aimed at.”

So many of our every day work activities lack a sense of intention – how many of us have spent endless hours in meetings with a vague or little sense of purpose and no resulting outcomes? The Practicum in Intentional Design provides a context to briefly explore a series of collaborative activities to facilitate change. To that end, we will discuss specific strategies one can use to address: data gathering, communication, team/group effectiveness, learning and leverage, problem solving, and change management. By the end of the sessions, participants will have an arsenal of approaches they can utilize in a variety of situations, whether they are trying to improve a clinical practice, affect change in an academic department, or utilize these skills as a leader.