Fast 48 II: A design-thinking boot camp for aspiring graduate student & professional changemakers

Event Date: 
Friday, January 17, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 6:00pm

Where:  Propeller, 4305 S. Washington, New Orleans (and surroundings)

Cost:      $50 fee due January 13 ($20 non-refundable deposit)

Lead Instructor: Laura Murphy


This immersive boot camp, 48-hour weekend workshop will convey practical skills in human-centered design for social innovators and changemakers who are aiming to tackle complex, pressing social challenges--income poverty, poor educational outcomes, environmental pollution, poor health. The immersion, weekend format is designed for graduate students in applied, problem-oriented disciplines, professionals, and social entrepreneurs.

Why Fast 48? In 48 hours, you will learn:

  • basic attitudes and skills of human-centered design, 
  • mindsets of social entrepreneurs and social intrapreneurs, and
  • innovative funding, support, and pitch mechanisms for changemakers.

Fast 48 II kicks off Friday evening with a fast-paced design “crash course”. Over the weekend, participants “learn by doing” through tackling a real challenge facing a local, Broadmoor area partner organization. You will leave with new skills and mindsets of human-centered research, analysis, synthesis, insight-generation, creative ideation, parallel rough prototyping, and testing (user feedback). Plus, you will join a local network of people with common interests in design approaches to generate new and relevant solutions to real problems (here and around the world).  The fee covers simple food, drinks, and workshop materials.

Who can participate?

Priority groups for January include Tulane graduate students and the Propeller community. Tulane staff and faculty are eligible if space is available. Application details are below. (Interested Tulane undergraduate students should register for SISE 3010: Design Thinking for Collective Impact, a semester-long course.)


The Fast 48 II is led by Laura Murphy, Tulane faculty member and a professor of Social Entrepreneurship.  Additional facilitators will lead breakout sessions, skills workshops, and guide teams to address the challenge with our community partner.

To Apply

To reserve your spot, follow the steps below. We keep a waitlist. 

1: Send an email ASAP to with Subject line “Fast 48 II Registration”. Include the following information inthe body of the email:
  • Your full name, US cellphone number, current department & degree program, and year (if Tulane student) or position, work experience.
  • Brief statement of interest: Why do you want to experience the Fast 48? What do you expect to learn? How will this contribute to your current work/interests? (Be sure to check times and dates below and be sure you can participate.)

2: Submit your $50 registration fee ASAP! Registration must be received by January 13, 2014 to hold your spot, and sooner is better. Partial refunds of $30 can be made until January 17 at 5 PM. Payment will generally be completed by Eventbrite, details to be provided after sign-up.

3: Note: Set aside time to be there and to participate fully. This is not a conference you can dip into and out of, as you like. You must commit whole-heartedly, so be sure you have the time.  Please make your own arrangements for transportation.  Also note: There are no tuition costs, and no formal course credit will be offered.

Fast 48 II Schedule (Provisional)

Friday Jan 17       6 - 9 PM, light supper provided for registered participants only
6 pm                   Welcome, introductions, supper, workbooks handed out
6.30-8.30             Design thinking crash course, debriefing
8.30-9                  Fast 48 II Challenge introduction
Saturday 1/18       9 AM – 6 PM, simple breakfast, lunch & snacks for registered participants only
9-12                     Deep dive/Discovery (fieldwork, interviews, observation in the neighborhood)
12-1                     Working lunch, teams continue
1.30—3.15           Discovery: empathy, synthesis, & analysis
3.30--4                 Ideation & Selection
4—5                    Rough parallel prototypes & user feedbacklmu
Sunday 1/19        1 - 6 PM, simple lunch & light supper for registered participants only
Open AM            Team and fieldwork, as needed (off site)
1-2                      Working Lunch, check-in
2-4                      Teamwork, skills workshop
4-6                      Formal

Payson Graduate Student Association (PGSA) Conference Funding Eligible

Reminder to all Payson graduate students: The PGSA makes a portion of its annual budget available for graduate students interested in attending conferences during the school year. This is part of PGSA's commitment to offering relevant activities and providing greater support for achieving students' career goals. If you wish to be considered for funding for this event, please submit a request to Sheila Favalora ( including a brief statement explaining your reason for attending the workshop.

Scenes from the Fast 48 Bootcamp held in September 2013



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