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Design Justice
Sasha Costanza-Chock

An exploration of how design might be led by marginalized communities, dismantle structural inequality, and advance collective liberation and ecological survival.

“What innovation and design resources, courses, certificates or fellowships exist today for nurses?”​
Debbie Gregory, DNP, RN
The Innovator’s DNA
Harvard Business Review

“How do I find innovative people for my organization? And how can I become more innovative myself?”

The Innovation Roadmap: A Guide for Nurse Leaders
American Nurses Association

Innovation is “the design, invention, development, and/or implementation of new or altered products, services, systems, organizational structures, or business models for the purpose of creating new value for customers and financial returns for the firm”

How can we use AI to make things better for humans?

Combining data, design, and machine learning to build intelligent products and services that improve people’s lives

Academic Entrepreneurship
Nalaka Gooneratne, Rachel McGarrigle, Flaura Winston

Academic Entrepreneurship is a free Open Education Resource that seeks to support and grow a new academic research community of Boundary Spanners – those who work in academia and with industry in order to realize the potential of basic discoveries that support the process of translational research through to commercialization and impact.

Health Design Thinking
Bon Ku and Ellen Lupton

Applying the principles of human-centered design to real-world health care challenges, from drug packaging to early detection of breast cancer.

Innovation as Discipline, Not Fad.

New disciplined techniques are being deployed for testing potentially value-producing ideas faster, less expensively, and more reliably. Vapor tests, fake front ends, fake back ends, and mini-pilots can all help health care organizations meet patients’ needs.

Redesigning healthcare to fit with people

Healthcare expenditures vary fourfold across the globe, from less than 5% to nearly 20% of a nation’s gross domestic product. Higher levels of spending, however, have not necessarily produced better results, suggesting that some healthcare systems are more efficient than others.

The Nurse’s Guide to Innovation: Accelerating the Journey
Bonnie Clipper

Can you answer the call of the Entreprenurse? How do you build a culture of innovation? How can you develop an innovator’s mindset? How can you use a more human-centered approach to solving your challenges?

Change by Design, Revised and Updated
Tim Brown

The subject of “design thinking” is the rage at business schools, throughout corporations, and increasingly in the popular press—due in large part to the work of IDEO, a leading design firm, and its celebrated CEO, Tim Brown, who uses this book to show how the techniques and strategies of design belong at every level of business.

The Achievement Habit
Bernard Roth

Back in the 1960s, mechanical engineer Bernard Roth met many engineers in the Silicon Valley, who worked for big companies such as Hewlett-Packard, and had dreams of starting their own companies. People just talked about it, and nothing happened.

Interaction Design Foundation

An independent nonprofit initiative seeking to raise the level of global design education to an Ivy League standard, while at the same time reducing costs to as low as possible.

Creative Confidence
Tom Kelley & David Kelley

Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the “creative types.” But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative.


At the Core of Care
Pennsylvania Action Coalition

At the Core of Care shares the incredible stories of nurses in Pennsylvania and the people that they help. Learn about innovative ways that nurses are making a difference in so many lives every day.


A guide to the world’s best design practices, featuring 3 immersive books, the DesignBetter.Co Podcast, workshop opportunities, & countless real-world examples, exercises, audio interviews, and more.


Equity-centered Design Thinking Educational Series
Pitt Equity Design Thinking

Learn more about equity-centered design and how it can be used to address health disparities through this educational series.

Human Centered Design Discovery Stage Field Guide V.1

This field guide provides an overview of the principles of Human-Centered Design and detailed insight on how to apply it in various agencies.

Do Tank Business Design Tools
Do Tank

Use these various exercises to guide you through the Design Thinking Process and sharpen your ideas.

Mindsets and Modes to Design for Equity
Liberatory Design

Liberatory Design is a creative problem-solving approach and practice that centers equity and supports us to design for liberation. It is made up of mindsets and modes. Mindsets invoke stances and values to ground and focus our design practice, and modes provide process guidance for our design practice.

Equity-Centered Community Design Field Guide
Creative Reaction Lab

Systems of oppression, inequalities and inequities are by design. Should we use design to dismantle them?


Learn IDEO’s approach to design thinking and creative leadership through IDEO U—an online school that equips individuals with the tools and mindsets necessary to ignite creative confidence and tackle complex challenges.

Design Thinking Bootleg
Stanford University

Some of dschool’s most-used tools in a convenient deck, developed by designers from around the world. (Creative Commons 4.0 CC-BY-NC-SA International)

Field Guide to Human Centered Design

The Field Guide examines the key mindsets that underpin how and why we think about design for the social sector, with 57 clear-to-use design methods for new and experienced practitioners, and from-the-field case studies of human-centered design in action. (Creative Commons 3.0 – CC BY-NC-ND)