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SHiFT / LABS What can you do in a day?

Invigorate your career.

Labs are inspirational bursts into the tools of innovation and industry knowledge that allow participants to understand complex systems better, no matter if it’s the global economy or a neighborhood pop-up shop.

Shift Labs are intended to enhance skills and learn how to apply those skills for personal growth. By partnering with futurists, artificial intelligence scientists, social innovation entrepreneurs, and advanced manufacturing experts we will develop and facilitate workshops to involve, inform, and inspire change.

Dare to design your future.

Looking for inspiring ways to explore new skills and prepare yourself for an adaptable and exciting future?

SHiFT Labs are focused, facilitated workshops. Using the design process, strategic foresight, and immersive approaches to help you accelerate your ability to challenge the status quo.

How it works:

Learn new methods

Each day, the events, workshops, and discussions will focus on the collaborative creative process. Topics like community, reflection, craft, and grit are explored through community challenges.

Inspiration for Innovation

Instead of relying on algorithms to build our online group of friends, learn to talk with others and connect on a personal level. This investment in human relationships will provide an actionable personal and professional network.

Explore with friends

Break free from the monotony and set off on an adventure with a fun mixture of personalities and viewpoints. Use this time to experience the world, push yourself, and build memories.

Lead and follow

Being a good leader means knowing when to follow. Learn to embrace others’ knowledge and unique skills so you can create better team dynamics.

SHiFT Labs

Custom Engagements

Let’s design an engagement that addresses the needs of your organization. It’s our desire to partner with you to create the future and “teach you how to fish,” not act as outsiders that hoard our knowledge. We are experts at developing foresight capacity; building breakthrough strategy; solving long-standing problems; transforming organizations; seizing opportunities, and more!

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Check out other previous events:

SHiFT LAB - Disruptive Collaboration

Disruptive Collaboration

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Working with the MBA program from Otterbein University, Aether presented a 2-day LAB – Disruptive Collaboration: a primer on lean research and strategy. The intent was to help the MBA students understand the value design has across the organization and provide them with tools for disruptive collaboration. Starting with Aether’s Pre-search™ tool, participants examined how… Read More…

SHiFT LAB - Kingsport STREAM

Kingsport STREAM Lab

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During this particular lab, the participants were asked to envision a better world for both themselves and their community by exploring the world’s land, sea, and air ecosystems. By erasing their own biases and scanning the environment, they slowing began to uncover the issues at hand. They used the time to develop concepts for short-term… Read More…

Partner: Hatch/Sketching Lab Date & Location: October 26-28, 2017 / La Libertad Park, San Jose, Costa Rica Participants: Around 20 multidisciplinary group of college students in various design fields / professional designers: industrial, graphic, architecture/ educators/government workers / social workers __ ages ranged from early 20s-60s Overview: Partnering with Hatch/Sketching Lab in San Jose Costa Rica, Aether co-hosted a 3-day Lab that focused on visual communication and the creative thinking process. The intent was to help take an idea to reality following innovative methodologies in a very hands-on, activity-driven approach. The Lab’s primary objective was to promote and foster entrepreneurship and creativity of the participants to develop and create successful businesses from innovative ideas. Targeted for the entrepreneurs, business managers, designers, architects, craftsmen, creatives, students and professionals in business and all those interested in learning new ways to communicate their innovative ideas quickly and effectively. Topic: The Story of Coffee Kickoff: Sketch Aerobics: basic exercises. Lose fear and forget frustrations, learn to communicate your innovative concepts with visualization techniques. (exercises and sketching with music) Presentation: (José Gamboa) Basic drawing techniques, Mind Mapping techniques (organization of concepts and ideas using word association strategies). Design process: problem, research, concept, and solution. How to incorporate "emotional design" into your proposal or business. Knowing ourselves better, the participants will form teams to perform basic exercises. Each group will have the opportunity to develop a business idea, in digital or a physical concept Presentation: (Owen Foster) Following the "Lean Startup" methodology, "Pencil to prototype": a practical workshop that visualizes the complexity of the creative process, divides it into smaller, more manageable tasks and allows participants to accept the failure from unexpected results. It teaches you how to make prototypes of your idea quickly, evaluate them and reintroduce the concepts to the client or to the market. Start of the project: Identify the problem / opportunity Investigation Explanation of methodology A, B, C, Q. Development of concepts and final presentation. Review the projects and give advice to the participants. Evaluate generated concept Development of the solution Presentation Conclusions Deliverables: The workshop offered: Basic drawing exercises (learn to communicate your innovative ideas with visualization techniques). Mind Mapping (organization of concepts and ideas using word association strategies). How to incorporate the "emotional design" in your proposal or business. Design process: problem, research, concept, solution. How to develop a professional network of contacts. Methodology "Lean Startup". Methodology "Pencil to Prototype". Methodology "A, B, C, Q".

Aether/Hatch Sketching Lab: Costa Rica

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Partner: Hatch/Sketching Lab Date & Location: October 26-28, 2017 / La Libertad Park, San Jose, Costa Rica Participants: Around 20 multidisciplinary group of college students in various design fields / professional designers: industrial, graphic, architecture/ educators/government workers / social workers __ ages ranged from early 20s-60s Overview: Partnering with Hatch/Sketching Lab in San Jose Costa… Read More…