Alexia Jacques Casanova

Creative facilitator, Artizest (France)

I am a creative-thinking facilitator and arts manager who has worked for a variety of organisations: from nonprofits dedicated to arts education in Mexico to innovation-driven companies in France; and from community-based organizations in the USA to charities in the UK. My most recent work includes leading the Wezitcamp platform: an open innovation laboratory exploring the intersection of the digital and the museum sectors. I hold an MA in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where I was introduced to design thinking by talented people from IDEO. I also hold a PgDip in Community Dance from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, and a BA in European Social and Political Studies from UCL.


The aim of this workshop is to help museum professionals get a grasp of a few design thinking methods and idea-generating techniques that they can re-use within their institution to imagine innovative and relevant public programs, solve communication issues, fine-tune strategic planning, etc.
Because one hour is too short for participants to experience all the phases of a design thinking process, this session will focus on ideation. At the end of the workshop, participants will receive tips on how to transform ideas into prototypes.

Benefits for the participants

Participants will learn the foundations of a design thinking approach and discover new ways to generate ideas and solve challenges within their institutions. They will actively participate in ideation exercises, on topics that they are interested in. They will walk away with techniques they can apply at their own institution, with their colleagues, as soon as they return home from the conference. Last but not least, they will have resources at hand (books, websites, blogs) if they wish to learn more about those approaches or find out more techniques.

Format of the workshop

Participant will start as one big group for the introduction to Design Thinking and the presentation of techniques and activities. Then participants will split in different groups for some hands-on work time before rallying for feedback. We will be using printed materials for the hands-on exercises, as well as post-its, playing cards and other creativity-prompting accessories.