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From innovation expert to master learner. Reframing how to unlock your own mastery in design thinking

'New Humans, New Society, New Higher Education'

Join us for a high-impact master class with George Kembel, co-founder of Stanford d.school and keynote speaker at the d.confestival.
HPI d-school at UCT Middle Campus


How do we continue to deepen our creative capacities when we don’t have regular access to a design thinking school or we are working beyond the formal design thinking process?

How do we evolve design thinking to honour our natural and individual creative ways of working?

Join this master class that explores the relationship between our inner life and our outer environment to unlock the power of creative flow.

We will explore ways to bring awareness to our default habits of mind and open ourselves to our own creative wisdom and resilience. We will also look at the role context plays in creative work and how we can shape our external environments to set conditions for creativity to emerge.

Together, the responsibility we take for our inner life and our outer reality set the canvas on which we can walk our own path towards an increasingly intentional life informed by a design led mindset in everything we do.


The d-school Afrika will be facilitating design thinking dash for the selected students. A dash is a fast, fun, and concise introduction to Design Thinking. A team of experienced Design Thinkers will coach you through the design thinking process over a 4 hour period. Design thinking Dash is a once-off teaser experience that will give you a practical understanding of how design thinking can be implemented.


  • Applicants must be registered students at the University of Cape Town or IE University (Alumni included)
  • Applicants must be in their final year of undergraduate study or currently within their Postgraduate studies
  • Applicants must be between ages 18 to 35 
  • Submit a 250 word motivation: ‘Why do you want to be a part of this event and what value will you bring to it, taking the theme into account?’

What will you gain

  • Understanding of the basic concepts of the Design Thinking Process
  • Recall and express the benefits of Design Thinking
  • Develop empathy and a human-centred approach towards problem-solving, and thus contextually problem-solve appropriately. 
  • Networking opportunities with international students and Vice-Chancellors from leading universities around the world
  • Skills for the future world of work. 
  • Introduce you to working in diverse teams. 
  • Build your creative confidence. 
  • Teach you new digital learning tools.

George is an entrepreneur, educator and investor. He co-founded and led the Stanford d.school, scaling it from an idea on a napkin to a world-renowned institution for innovation impacting hundreds of millions of lives, generating billions of dollars in economic value and ushering in a wider global design thinking movement. He now works with leaders and investors around the world to reshape the way we design our organisations, technologies and cultures to unlock diverse human capacities, increase adaptability and resilience, accelerate breakthroughs and foster greater creative flourishing at scale.

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