Workshop: The Innovators' Compass: Developing powerful, portable Design Thinking


Entrepreneurs and aspiring Entrepreneurs! For any important venture, we face all kinds of challenges: technical to human, individual to organizational, in-the-moment to long-term. Successful innovators and designers have a common compass that helps navigate all of these.
The Innovators’ Compass is a simple but powerful visual workspace that helps people find new possibilities in ways fundamental to Design Thinking and our own intuition. We'll use this tool to: map and re-examine your journey so far; tell your most powerful story about it; navigate upcoming obstacles; and plan for navigating future challenges.

When: Wednesday October 4th 2017 10:00-17:00

Where: University of Cyprus, New Campus, KOD03 - Social Activities Centre, Room 105



  • Ela Ben-Ur has worked and co-experimented deeply with organizations and educators interested in design thinking since 2012. One focus of her present experimentation is an Innovators' Compass. Ela worked 13 prior years at renowned innovation firm IDEO. Her design practice and leadership at IDEO spanned diverse industries, geographies and sectors. She went on to co-found of IDEO’s Leadership Studio for developing project leaders, coach teams and facilitate for clients. Ela has taught courses from product design to life design at pioneering Olin College since 2007. She has offered workshops through MIT (her alma mater), Sloan, Babson, Dartmouth and Harvard.
    Ela earned BS (1997) and MS (1999) in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. As a research assistant in the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Haptics Group, she developed a force-feedback laparoscopic surgery simulator that been patented and is on display at the MIT museum.
    Her 3- and 5-year old daughters are her inspiration.




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