Learn design thinking skills, activities
and techniques, live and online
Welcome to LUMA Anywhere courses: a selection of online learning experiences that feature live instruction in design thinking. You’ll learn the acclaimed LUMA System of Innovation — a flexible, practical and easy-to-learn framework of human-centered design methods that has helped thousands of people around the world be more collaborative, creative and customer-centered.
During LUMA Anywhere courses, you’ll interact via live video conferencing with a LUMA-certified instructor who is eager to help you learn, and with other learners who are excited to bring design thinking into the way they work, every day.
Public and private options
Our beginner course, Design Thinking Essentials, is open to the public through our open enrollment schedule and to private clients. Our two intermediate courses, Facilitating Great Meetings and Making Remote Teamwork Human-centered, are offered to private clients.
LUMA Anywhere courses are highly interactive, engaging and dynamic. Our instructors use real-world examples so participants can begin applying what they've learned, right away.
In LUMA Anywhere courses, participants get:
- Live learning sessions led by a LUMA-certified instructor.
- Video conferencing to maximize participation, encourage visual learning and support collaboration from any location.
- Only 12 learners per course, so everyone can participate.
- Ways to focus on real challenges participants are already facing.
- Hands-on experience using human-centered design methods from the LUMA System.
- Access to LUMA Workplace, our digital platform for design thinking. Access begins one week before the first course session and ends two weeks after the final session, for six weeks total.
LUMA Anywhere courses are three weeks long:
- In advance, participants will review orientation information and complete a warmup activity so they are ready to dive in.
- During weeks one and two, participants will attend a two-hour live learning session each week and complete one assignment per week. Assignments will require at least one to two hours outside of course sessions.
- In week three, participants will attend the final two-hour live learning session with wrap-up and traction plan.
- Participants in each course section remain together for all three live learning sessions to support developing a community of practice.
Meet our instructors
LUMA has developed our own team of world-class instructors to lead each live learning session. They are keenly tuned to business-related challenges and they lead the live learning sessions in a plain-language and practical way. Every instructor has deep experience using human-centered design in private settings. That allows them to bring LUMA methods to life through relevant stories and to share real-world examples of using design thinking to overcome particular challenges.
In addition, each member of the team is skilled in online instruction and remote technologies to ensure each participant receives an exceptional experience in every session.
Your LUMA Anywhere course instructor could be one of the following individuals:
Deisiane Bresolin is a designer, innovator, entrepreneur and teacher. She is passionate about empowering people to improve the way they work and live. During her career at Nike, Inc., she created an innovation methodology inspired by the creative steps from fashion school, and she was invited to teach this design thinking methodology to multiple teams across the company.
Deisiane has a master’s degree in design and product management from Polimoda-Italy, a bachelor’s degree in business management from Portland State University, and attended fashion design school.
Her teaching style is about connecting with people — inspiring them by sharing authentic stories about her real life experiences as a design thinker and empowering them by providing the tools and knowledge they need to transform their lives and innovate as well.
Terri Burch is a passionate design strategist, facilitator and hybrid-thinking professional. She adopts strategies and tactics from both the creative design and strategic business worlds to help organizations use design to address complex challenges.
Terri has more than 14 years of experience as an advisor to community-based organizations, small-and-medium-sized enterprises and multinational corporations in the U.S. and abroad. Six of those years were dedicated to human-centered design instruction and training. She has also worked with several innovation and educational institutions as a consultant, design thinking instructor and facilitator.
Terri holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University and an MBA in Strategic Design as a pioneering fellow from Thomas Jefferson University of Philadelphia (formerly Philadelphia University).
Amélie De Spot
Amélie De Spot comes from that breed of designers that mixes a strong business acumen with problem-solving skills. She is a serial entrepreneur, consultant, design thinking instructor and facilitator, and a SCRUM master.
With a knack for entrepreneurship and a stint in venture capital, Amélie has more than 20 years of experience across multiple startups and established companies across health technology, financial services technology, telecommunications and a wide variety of internet ventures.
Prior to joining LUMA, Amélie was the entrepreneur in residence at Standard Chartered Bank, where she trained more than 300 staff, facilitated more than 30 workshops and supported various teams on their engagement strategies.
Amélie holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from ICHEC Brussels Management School.
Carlye Lauff is a design researcher, innovation strategist and enthusiastic instructor who blends human-centered design practice with systems thinking approaches. She has helped more than 25 global organizations re-think their design processes and strategies, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to government agencies to universities. Carlye has lived and worked in Singapore, Australia and the U.S.
Carlye earned her doctoral degree in design theory and methodology and her master’s degree in product design engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Carlye pioneered her own research around understanding the role of prototypes in companies, and she continues to develop tools and methods to support designers.
Jori MacNaught is passionate about people. She brings her curiosity about human behavior, psychology and community led her to make her passions her job as a virtual coach at LUMA. Jori's remote teaching and collaboration skills allow her to help others uncover their creative side and discover ways to enrich their personal and professional lives through a human-centric discipline.
Jori brings more than eight years of industry experience as a global market researcher and marketer at Amway Corp. There, she gained expertise applying LUMA methods to product, service, and experience design projects, and facilitated dozens of cross-functional workshops.
Jori holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, marketing and French from Carthage College, a certificate of completion of studies in French from Université de Caen Basse Normandie and a master's degree in market research from the University of Georgia.
Steve Potter is always trying to find that delicate balance between delivering world-class content and supporting everyone’s unique learning needs, all while making the experience fun and dynamic. He firmly believes that fun and work can co-exist, and in fact, can boost one another.
Steve uses human-centered design in everything he does — parenting, building empathy, prioritizing projects, defining problems and creating out-of-the box solutions. He has taught more than 200 LUMA workshops across more than 50 clients, and helped more than 4,000 people become proud LUMA graduates. It’s an honor he says he does not take lightly.
He holds a master’s degree in labor and human resources, as well as a bachelor’s degree in aviation management, both from The Ohio State University.
Jesse Smith has spent his adult life honing his skills in teamwork, facilitation and design.
Working in technical theater for 20 years was the crucible that taught Jesse the value of communication and teamwork mindsets, and helped him develop core designer behaviors. From theater, he made a leap into retail manufacturing, and saw that those same mindsets are transferable to all levels of commercial business, and can set a company apart from competitors.
Jesse has a bachelor’s degree in technical direction from Emerson College and a master’s degree in technical direction from the University of Connecticut. His work as a designer and facilitator with organizations from local nonprofits to billion-dollar public companies has given him opportunities to demonstrate how any obstacle, at any scale, can be solved elegantly with human-centered design mindsets and methodologies.
Dustin Stiver is a designer, educator, facilitator and researcher. His work focuses on “creating the conditions for collaboration.” He designs experiences that empower people to confront shared challenges. He loves helping people become catalysts for change.
Dustin frequently leads community conversations, workshops and other design sessions, and he has spoken at numerous conferences (e.g., SXSW EDU, Mozilla Festival). He spent the first part of his career tending to a beloved community organization called The Sprout Fund. He is on the board of the Consortium for Public Education and The Global Switchboard, and he is a co-founder and co-organizer of CreativeMornings/Pittsburgh.
Dustin holds a doctoral degree in organizational leadership from Eastern University and a master’s degree in public and nonprofit management from the University of Pittsburgh.
Abby Wilson uses design practice and other deliberative tools to change how people and mission-driven organizations work, think and solve problems.
Trained as a cultural anthropologist and international lawyer, Abby has lived, worked and studied in Africa and Europe, observing the power of people and organizations to solve even the most complex problems. In the U.S., she served as the founding director of the federal government’s first design-led innovation lab and has been recognized for her leadership in urban policy and regional public health. She believes that design literacy supercharges the human 'fixing' instinct, especially in the presence of material, financial or cultural restraints.
Abby holds a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology from Columbia University, an master's degree in public international law from Universiteit Utrecht, and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Technology you'll need
We highly recommend using a desktop or laptop computer for this course. Mobile devices are not recommended.
Zoom video conferencing: Public sections of LUMA Anywhere courses are conducted using Zoom video conferencing. This tool helps maximize participation in live learning sessions, with key features that enable visualization and collaboration. You can find more details about Zoom technical requirements below. As best practices to keep our meetings secure, each LUMA Anywhere session has a unique ID and is password-protected.
Microsoft PowerPoint Online: In some courses, participants will use Microsoft PowerPoint Online for interactive collaboration during the live learning sessions. Participants do not need a PowerPoint Online account, but they do need to be able to follow a link to a PowerPoint Online file and then use its tools and functions. Learn more about Microsoft PowerPoint Online.
MURAL Editions: We occasionally offer sections of courses that use MURAL, a digital workspace for visual collaboration, for course activities and assignments. If you choose a MURAL section of a course, please ensure that you have a MURAL membership and basic proficiency using the platform before the course begins. You can sign up for a free trial on MURAL's website, then visit their Essential Onboarding and Resources page to register for a free introductory webinar.
Technical requirements for supporting Zoom
The bandwidth used by Zoom will be optimized for the best experience based on the participant’s network. It will automatically adjust for 3G, Wi-Fi or wired environments.
Other helpful information
Materials you’ll need
To make the most of a LUMA Anywhere course experience, participants need to come with an open mind and set up their workspace in a quiet, distraction-free area.
It’s also important to have these materials and tools on hand:
LUMA's recommended supplies can be found on amazon.com.
Each course section has 12 seats.
- Per seat: $850 USD
- All 12 seats in a single purchase: $8,500 USD
- LUMA Enterprise clients receive a 10% discount on full sections
The LUMA System
The LUMA System is a practical, easy-to-learn and scalable framework of human-centered design methods that people can apply in their daily work, to tackle problems of all types.
Learn more about the LUMA System.