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Design Thinking: Practice & Measurement Essentials | Online | April 2

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Design Thinking: Practice & Measurement Essentials

Learn how to put design thinking into practice at your organization

Mindhatch Founder, Coonoor Behal, will instruct this live online training for O’Reilly Media on April 2, 10am – 1pm PST.


Course Description:

Design thinking takes the designer’s approach to problem-solving and applies it to all contexts and types of problems; it’s an extremely powerful technique where design, making, and business overlap, and it’s not just for designers. Teams and organizations leverage this approach to create more meaningful products and services for both their users and the market at the rapid speed that modern technology demands. However, building a practice of design thinking takes time and considerable effort and often requires change to organizational culture. Continue reading Design Thinking: Practice & Measurement Essentials | Online | April 2

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Founder Coonoor Behal at Society of Women Engineers | Seattle | January 31

Mindhatch Founder Coonoor Behal will speak on a panel at the Society of Women Engineers on the topic of personal and professional reinvention.


Our panel is going to walk us through how they have “reinvented” themselves both professionally and personally in addition to guidance on how they themselves deal with attempting to balance these two aspects of their lives. All three of our panelists have pivoted and made significant shifts in their career trajectories. They will talk about their decision making process through their journeys of the past in addition to how they think about future decisions they will have to make. There will be a facilitator of the panel who will lead the discussion with pre-set questions and then will open up a Q&A session to the audience for continued dialogue with the panelists.

The panelists will be:

  • Vidya Subramanian, founder of DevOpsly
  • Coonoor Behal, Founder of Mindhatch
  • Sara Abdelmottaleb, Product Manager in Azure at Microsoft

Learn more and register HERE

DATE: Wednesday, January 31

TIME: 7:00 – 9:00pm

WHERE: Pyramid Brewery, 1201 1st Avenue South, Seattle WA 98134

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Improv, Design Thinking, & Cultures of Innovation | Seattle | November 8

Mindhatch Founder Coonoor Behal will present and lead an informal discussion at November’s meeting of the Seattle chapter of the Applied Improvisation Network (AIN)*. She’ll discuss her work using design thinking for corporate business innovation and why organizational improv can and should be an essential component of any innovation or organizational culture change strategy. During the event, Coonoor will also share some of her favorite improv activities she uses with her design thinking clients.

The event is free, open to non-AIN members, and requires no advance registration. Please join us!

DATE: Wednesday, November 8

TIME: 6:30 – 7:30pm (come at 6:15pm to socialize)

WHERE: Seattle’s Market Theater in the Pike Place Market (home of Unexpected Productions)

Get more thought leadership on design thinking and organizational improv from Mindhatch:

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*AIN is a global professional organization dedicated to using improvisation for the benefit of non-performance purposes.

Improv for Design Thinking Seattle

Improv for Design Thinking | Seattle | September 20

Mindhatch’s Founder Coonoor Behal will lead Mindhatch’s signature session, “Improv for Design Thinking” at the September 20th gathering of Seattle’s Design Thinking & Innovation Collective.

Open to the public and cost free, this session will be an abbreviated version of Mindhatch’s “Improv for Design Thinking.”


Event Description:

Mindsets matter! Join us for our September workshop where you will be introduced to core concepts, principles, and tools of improvisational comedy and how they can be applied to a human centered design thinking process.

The workshop will be active and experiential, with everyone engaging in lively games and exercises to illustrate core human centered design concepts and skills.

You will leave with

1) improv tools to apply to various phases of the design thinking process, and

2) practice with and confidence in employing these tools.

Come learn how improv can help you be a better and more creative design thinking practitioner!


Wednesday, September 30 6:00-8:30pm

Event Location:

Substantial, 900 East Pine Street, Suite 202, Seattle, WA

Register HERE.

Learn more about Mindhatch’s Design Thinking and Organizational Improv offerings.

Read: “Organizational Improv: A Creative Approach to Corporate Training”

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Improv, Failure, & Innovation: Coonoor Behal Speaking at AIN2017

Mindhatch Founder Coonoor Behal will participate as a panelist at this week’s Applied Improvisation Network World Conference at UC Irvine in Southern California. She has been invited to discuss how improv can help individuals and organizations in “Understanding the Nuances of Failure and Success.”

In this 90-minute interactive facilitated discussion, Coonoor Behal will join other Applied Improv practitioners to discuss and seek answers to the following topics:

  • What is the best approach to handling the concept of “failure?”
  • In what ways can Applied Improvisers help the organizations and individuals they work with ‘right-size’ their relationships with failure?
  • How can the role of mistakes and failure be clarified in the field of innovation?

Join us on Saturday, August 26 for a conversation about how improv can help boost innovation and creativity in the workplace.


Organizational Improv Corporate Training

Interested in using organizational improv to make your team better collaborators, innovators, and creative thinkers? Schedule time to chat with Coonoor today!