Organization skills

How to design for belonging and inclusion in your organization

A 180-minute live e-certification series in two parts:
Part I: Exploring Belonging [October 19]
Part II: Designing for Belonging and Inclusion [October 26]

We will explore:

  • Why membership is important in organizations
  • How to feel, see and shape belonging and lead your team to success
  • How a design approach can support building greater belonging and reducing otherness

Belonging‘ is a basic human need. But often when we build workplaces and organizations, we forget to consider the crucial role that belonging should play. An organizational ecosystem where everyone can fit in and thrive is essential to the success of any business. A sense of belonging plays an important role in fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, team or organization.

This two-part, 180-minute live e-certification series will describe ways leaders from all walks of life can use tangible design tools to cultivate a sense of belonging. Belonging can be expressed through physical spaces that promote calm, roles that create a sense of responsibility, events that make people feel included, and much more. Anyone trying to build diversity, equity, and inclusion in groups of any type or size can use this program to help create a path for everyone to feel like they belong. In this series of programs, you will learn the basics of feeling, seeing, and forming belonging. This live workshop-webinar is developed, moderated and presented by Susie Wise, Instructor at Stanford d.school, The Hasso Plattner Institute for Design at Stanford University. She is a design leader with experience in the education, technology and social sectors. Dr. Wise coaches leaders in action design and innovation practices. This program is for leaders who are ready to take the first steps or advance their existing work to reduce otherness and strengthen belonging!

Each session will be practical and interactive. Over two lessons, you will prepare to investigate belonging in your context, discover how best to pursue this inquiry on your own, reflect on what you have noticed, and use this learning to shape new designs. You will also have opportunities for introspection on past experiences of belonging – how they felt and how they were shaped.

Part I: Exploring Belonging
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. ET [90-minute session]
Belonging is a basic human need and yet it is not often central to organizational design and development. We can change that. In Part 1 of this series, we will:

  • Leverage your experiences to understand where belonging lies in you and in your organization
  • Introduce techniques you can use to find the workplace on your organization membership
  • Explore concrete moments of belonging that can be designed

Part II: Designing for Belonging and Inclusion
Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. ET [90-minute session]
Once you discover the moments of belonging you want to explore, you can open the vast toolbox of design levers to generate new experiences to try. In Part II of this series, we will:

  • Explore a range of design levers
  • Practice generating new ideas test
  • Design a new concrete experience to try in your workplace or team

Designed by experts: This SSIR live! The two-part webinar workshop is developed, moderated and presented by Susie Wise, Lecturer at Stanford d.school. She is a design leader with experience in the education, technology and social sectors. She coaches leaders in the design of actions and innovation practices. In addition to teaching at the d.school, she is a coach with the Mira Fellowship. Previously, she founded and led the K12 Lab at d.school and co-created Liberatory Design. Some course materials will refer to Wise’s new book, Design for Belonging: how to build inclusion and collaboration in your communities.

Highly interactive: Each session will be practical and interactive. Over two lessons, you will prepare to investigate belonging in your context, discover how best to pursue this inquiry on your own, reflect on what you have noticed, and use this learning to shape new designs. You will also have opportunities for introspection on past experiences of belonging – how they felt and how they were shaped.

In-depth learning: This program is produced in collaboration with Susie Wise, Senior Lecturer at Stanford d.school, the Hasso Plattner Institute for Design at Stanford University. It lasts 180 minutes, divided into two 90-minute sessions:
Part I: Exploring Belonging
Part II: Designing for Belonging and Inclusion

Concrete examples : Explore concrete examples at the field level specific to landscape and social sector challenges.

Who should join? This course is aimed at leaders and individual contributors from a wide range of organizations. This workshop will be of great benefit to leaders and practitioners from nonprofits, foundations, government, businesses, and other social sector organizations. This series of programs is for social innovation leaders who are striving to have a positive social impact, but who may have struggled to create truly inclusive teams or processes.

Electronic certificate of participation: Demonstrate your commitment to developing your skills. After attending this SSIR live! webinar-workshop in two parts, your participation entitles you to receive a downloadable e-certificate of Stanford Social Innovation Review and Stanford d.school, the Hasso Plattner Institute for Design at Stanford University. You are eligible to receive the electronic certificate of participation once you have successfully participated in Parts I and II of this program.

Subtitling available: Live transcription is available for this program. To enable closed captioning during LIVE streaming, click the up arrow next to the CC icon and select the Closed Captioning option. To turn off closed captioning, click the up arrow next to the CC icon and select the Hide Closed Captioning option.

Version on demand: Register and access the on-demand live event recording 24 hours after the webinar ends and anytime for the next 12 months.

Prices for this two-part extended workshop-webinar: $169. This price includes access to the live interactive webinar, unlimited access to recorded webinar video and downloadable slides for twelve months.

Webinar Refund Policy

Recordings of all webinars and any associated presentation materials are accessible asynchronously after the live program for 12 months from the date of the program. Generally, SSIR does not offer refunds on webinar registrations. Any refund request must be submitted in writing to [email protected] and will be considered on a case by case basis. If a refund is warranted, it will be processed after the webinar.

If you have any questions about this program, write to us at [email protected].