An integral part of creating a movement around using design thinking to solve complex people problems is working with the community.

 

That’s why we collaborate with DisruptHR Chicago, an Illinois non-profit that our CEO co-founded and where she still donates ten percent of her time as President of the Board. We are so excited that this organization has inspired more than 1,700 (and counting) HR and business leaders in the Chicago area!

In 2017, we designed one of DisruptHR Chicago’s signature programs, the “HR Hackathon”.

“50 diverse minds working actively in teams on a single challenge, listening to each other, considering options, connecting dots among ideas. The design of the hackathon then forces teams to converge. You commit to an idea. Then you build it out. Then you share it. The result: 10 teams, 10 interesting potential ways to approach the challenge.” (Jeff Merrell, Associate Director at Northwestern University in “Practical inquiry, learning and the DisruptHR Chicago Hackathon”)

So far, we’ve “hacked” employee engagement, diversity recruiting, and flexible work. Take a look at some of the amazing ideas generated:

If you are in the Chicago area we’d love to see you at the next HR Hackathon which our CEO Nicole Dessain still facilitates.