Teaching & Learning

Current teaching at Tulane University

Two graduate courses: Fall: Development Theory, Issues and Measurement, a graduate course on critical development theory from economic development to dependency to neoliberalism to post-colonial critiques, complexity and social innovation. Write for a recent syllabus. Spring: Social Innovation Toolkit,  for graduate students, teaches system-led leadership & thinking and design thinking to address complex social challenges. (Write for a syllabus.)

Training & Consulting in Design Capabilities

I aim to support everyone’s design capabilities so as to lead a flourishing life, and to be part of addressing major societal challenges such as climate change, insecurity, energy poverty and other issues. I have designed and led dozens of short and longer training experiences. For more information, please write to me at lmurphy2 at gmail dot com.

Fast 48 bootcamp—A 48-hour weekend bootcamp in “design thinking for social impact” for graduate students, staff, faculty and anyone from the local community, and from around the USA. First offered fall 2013, and the most recent was March 6-8, 2020 (pre-Covid; not sure if it will happen again). Check out more offerings at the Phyllis M. Taylor Center For Social Innovation and Design Thinking: Taylor Center at Tulane.

I also offer custom training and facilitation in design thinking for partner organizations. Recent examples include the Gamechangers Lab with the Wallace Center for new ideas in US community food systems. Others in recent years include custom 2 days of training for staff of global reproductive health NGO and the 9 month Design Krewe with Liberty’s Kitchen + Top Box Foods in New Orleans.

Supplies ready for a public introduction to design thinking at Tulane, c. 2018

At PlayBuild for Fast 48.

Theresa Ridings, MPH 2022, leading “Worst-to-Best” brainstorming at the Tidewater Design Jam, April 2022. Yay, Theresa!