Any expedition begins with an invitation.
It's the entrance, the opportunity to step across the threshold into something new that sets the stage for everything to follow.
In the design work I do, I want to provide that invitation and the pathway of experiences that can help you shape a new story for your organization.
Changing how organizations function is a challenge. Ultimately, the invitation, and the process that follows, should enable compelling shifts that lead to the creation of a new organizational mindset.
In the engagements I design, I seek to support you in creating deep organizational change by helping you create those shifts. That takes time and effort of course, and is predicated on an inclusive process that supports and engages, pushes when necessary, and challenges people to think and act beyond the constraints of their current conditions and culture. Creating a new organizational mindset means creating a new lens and worldview that is broader and sees differently, crafting a language capable of supporting that capacity, and growing a membership that possesses the skills and dispositions that support an ever-evolving capacity to grow and improve in a world that absolutely demands it.
How we write that story together is what I am interested in. How we create the conditions for making a difference is the challenge. How we do this together is the opportunity ahead.
Next up: a visitation to the Western Academy of Beijing, China to see their school and learning spaces for a potential association.
Then: Eanes Intermediate School District in Austin, Texas, the School District of New Berlin (WI), NOMCOM in Santa Fe (NM) and the NeoCon Conference in Chicago.
Presentation Services: In addition to design services, I do keynotes, spotlights, workshops and breakout sessions for conferences, schools and school district events. Here are my scheduled upcoming events:
- Learning Spaces Professional Development, Eanes Independent School District, Austin, Texas
- EdSpaces 2018, Tampa, Florida
- TriAssociation Annual Educators' Conference, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Download my presentation services portfolio for more information.
Featured Client: The American School Foundation of Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico.
David Jakes Designs has had the opportunity to partner with the American School Foundation of Monterrey on a number of occasions. Our signature work together has been to developed a nuanced model of design that reflects their unique school and heritage. The model, called ASFM L2E2, has been applied to a variety of school initiatives, including the development of a wide range of compelling learning spaces across their campus. You can read more about our process of developing this model as well as its image here.
Featured Client: Kenora Catholic District School Board, Kenora, Ontario Canada.
David Jakes Designs worked with the school board to revision 7th and 8th grade classrooms into learning studios. The process and its impact has been captured in this great video produced by KCDSB.