Global Conference 2017

Speaker's Biography

Dawan Stanford

Director of Design Thinking, Elon University; President, Fluid Hive


Dr. Stanford is the director of design thinking at Elon University. He works with Elon faculty, staff and students to help facilitate, advise and advance programming at Elon, as well as to connect them with others around the country doing similar work. By Design, Elon's design thinking initiative, is aimed at further enhancing Elon's premier experiential learning environment. Dr. Stanford is the president of Fluid Hive, a design-driven innovation studio, where he combines design, design thinking, research, and his Silicon Valley and international business experience. Fluid Hive helps organizations to see, solve and act on challenges that are complex, dynamic, and interconnected using design-driven innovation processes, methods and mindsets. Dr. Stanford is also the founding design director at the Education Design Lab, a higher-education innovation nonprofit. This work fuels his exploration of how we might make design-driven innovation more accessible, learnable, reliable, and measurable.

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