Civic Design Camp

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Workshop One with Ashleigh Axios, Former Creative Director at The White House

Social psychology and how you communicate and engage
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

We all like to think that we’re behaving independently, objectively, and that we’re good judges of people and situations. Truth is, there’s a lot more at play. We’re not any of those things. The good news is that there are predictable aspects of how we behave as humans and social creatures; and knowledge of those things can make us more thoughtful civic servants. In this workshop, Ashleigh Axios — former White House creative director and digital strategist — will unpack some key principles of social psychology, engage the group in exercises breaking down how perceptions and social decisions are most often made, and will help the group explore ways this knowledge can be used for good.


  1. Unconscious bias is fact.
  2. What we consider decisions are often reactions.
  3. As social beings, we’re affected by our understanding of the situation at hand and in some predictable ways.
  4. Thoughtful leaders and public servants can utilize the way people think, behave socially, and make decisions to better communicate and involve the communities they serve. They can arrange how, where, when, and with whom they communicate to limit the negative influences of unconscious biases.

Workshop Two with Antionette Carroll, President And CEO Of Creative Reaction Lab

Designing Civic and Social Engagement | Exploring the Delmar Divide
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join Creative Reaction Lab (CRXLAB) for an immersive workshop exploring design thinking (a form of creative problem solving) and social innovation. In this workshop, you will learn how to: challenge civic and social issues, collaborate with your professional peers, and build empathy with the community in which you are serving. Come prepared to imagine, make, and innovate.


  1. Define design thinking and social innovation processes.
  2. Cultivate creative leadership and new community relationships.
  3. Challenge participants to develop community-centered, community-led solutions.
  4. Transform ideas into actions.
  5. Understand the role of diversity, inclusion, and cultural humility in community engagement.
  6. Define the value of design in developing a range of solutions – from products and services to strategies.

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