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Practical people-centered tools to design a more inclusive investment strategy

April Warren July 13, 2022

To build a more inclusive and equitable economy, we must direct more investment dollars towards BIPOC and female founders and changemakers. But how can investors and philanthropists design strategies and processes that put people with lived experience at the center? How do we safeguard investment decision making from bias? In this experiential workshop, participants will practice applying simple design tools that bring the people they want to support into the center of their investment process, and help build relationships of trust with colleagues, investees and key stakeholders.



Meta Themes

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion

  • Power and Capital


Design, Innovation, Stakeholder management

Purpose and Desired Outcome

Workshop participants will learn how to apply multiple design thinking tools to make their investment process more inclusive and people-centered, and less vulnerable to bias. They will practice applying the tools in groups and learn facilitation tips for applying the tools within their own organizations and with their own stakeholders. After this workshop, we hope that more impact investors, foundations and implementers will use collaborative design processes to ensure their money flows to more diverse founders and delivers more equitable impact aligned with their goals.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Government

  • Corporate & SME

  • Service Providers


  • NameMarc Bolick
  • TitleManaging Partner
  • OrganizationDesign Thinkers Group USA
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameApril Warren
  • TitleDirector, Business Development
  • OrganizationDesign Thinkers Group USA
  • StatusConfirmed
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