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Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

with Dave Evans and Bill Burnett

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  •   01 Introduction to Workshop

  •   02 Design Thinking Overview


Class duration: 4h 39m

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About The Class

Use design thinking to help you become unstuck

Do you feel stuck and anxious about the future? Do you feel like you should know what you want to do with your life but you aren’t sure which direction to head? 

Stanford professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans are joining us at CreativeLive to teach a class based on their #1 New York Times bestseller, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

By leveraging proven design thinking principles used by leading companies such as IDEO, IBM, and Apple, they will teach you how to apply that same methodology to making your biggest life decisions. Regardless of age, income, or stage in life, their unique approach to designing your life will give you the actionable tools necessary for becoming unstuck and creating a more meaningful life. You will learn how to ask the right questions, eliminate old ideas that are not working and test new approaches to your life.

In this class, you will learn how to: 
  • Closely examine the “life story” that has brought you to where you are today. 
  • Shift your thinking and instead of being part of the society factory, learn how to focus on life as a journey to be experienced fully, rather than a means to an end. 
  • Align your ‘life’ views and ‘work’ view, because more often than not making money and having meaning in your life are not always perfectly aligned. 
  • Fixing dysfunctional attitudes by understanding the root of things that might be blocking you.  
  • Understand what gives you energy and what sucks you dry, so you can design a life that fills you up.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction to Workshop

  2. 02

    Design Thinking Overview

  3. 03

    Balance - Love, Play, Work, Health

  4. 04

    Define Your Workview

  5. 05

    Lifeview-Workview Integration

  6. 06

    Work, Life, Balance Debrief

  7. 07

    Gravity Problems & ReFrame

  8. 08

    Odyssey Planning – 3 Alternative Futures

  9. 09

    Odyssey Planning Debrief

  10. 10

    Intro to Prototyping

  11. 11

    Prototype Ideation & Exercise

  12. 12

    Unicorn Hunting

  13. 13

    Networking Exercise

  14. 14

    Outbound & Inbound Networking

  15. 15

    The Decision Process

  16. 16

    Decision Models

  17. 17

    What's The Story Exercise

  18. 18

    Energy Assessment

  19. 19

    Reflection Session

  20. 20

    Final Takeaways

  21. 21

    Impact & Meaning


Meet Your Experts

Dave Evans

Adjunct Lecturer, Product Design Program at Stanford, Management Consultant, and co-founder of Electronic Arts. From saving the seals to solving the energy crisis, from imagining the first computer mice to ... read more

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Bill Burnett

Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford. After years of drawing cars and airplanes under his Grandmother’s sewing machine, Bill Burnett went off to the University and discovered, much to his surprise, that there were people in the world who did this kind of thing everyday (without the sewing machine) and they were ... read more

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  • pdf Designing Your Life Homework
  • pdf Designing Your Life Worksheets
  • pdf Impact Module Worksheet

96% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Julia

    February 2017

    A fantastic class for someone seeking to optimize their life for a greater sense of satisfaction and especially for someone who is considering a career transition. We are taught effective methods for brainstorming, examining, and prototyping our options, and we are given an approach for the hardest task of all: how to make a choice when faced with multiple good options! Also great tips for networking and getting your foot in the door. This class was very timely for me as I've been struggling with making a decision on what my next career was going to be. I now feel equipped with tools that will help me make that decision with less agony and more fun! Also, I'm a huge fan of design thinking, so it was great to see how that methodology could be applied to making one of the most important decisions in our life.

  • user-903713

    February 2017

    Loved this class! It was high energy, fast paced and well organized, as well as inspiring. It helped me to make more concrete things I've been thinking and dreaming about. I'm so glad I took it. I made great contacts and will definitely use this material in the future!

  • Swati Sehgal

    Swati Sehgal

    August 2019

    This class really delivers on the statement - "giving us the tools to learn how to access ourselves." They are not telling us how to live. They are teaching us how to discover how we want to live and actually take actions that move us closer to realizing those visions. I thought the impact map exercise, reframe on networking, and articulating my life and work views were incredibly helpful and enlightening. My impact map showed me a place I've been out of resonance on for so long, but never realized it. Thank you for creating a great class and making it accessible to us!

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