Go Iterate


Project ITERATE is an immersive learning experience in interdisciplinary problem solving through design thinking, strategy and leadership. We will work collaboratively to observe a problem, design a solution, test the solution, and create a business strategy for delivering it. ITERATE’s mission is to empower the participants to apply skills as they are learning them, and to then share those skills with their community in the same way. Learning by doing is the best way to activate knowledge and perpetuate innovation.

Our Mission. To nourish your confidence to observe, imagine and create.

Our Goal. You will learn how to address ambiguous problems for social change and innovation  More importantly, throughout the worskhop you will build, test and show a solution interacting with real people and stakeholders.


Sandjar Kozubaev: Instructor

Sandjar Kozubaev is a strategy practice lead at InReality, a strategy, design and implementation agency based in Atlanta, GA. He leads the company’s strategic research, business consulting and service design engagements for clients across multiple industries. Sandjar’s has a BA and MS in economics (Tashkent Oriental Studies Institute, University of St Andrews) as well as an MBA in Design Strategy (California College of the Arts). He is the author of Layered Thinker, a visual blog on critical thinking and strategic foresight. Follow Sandjar on Twitter @sandjar.

Amy Gustincic: Instructor

Amy Gustincic is a designer and strategist working at the intersection of business, design and sustainability. Combining over a decade of experience as principal and creative director of Satellite Design, an award-winning San Francisco design firm, with a human-centered approach toward strategy, Amy is able to craft unique design solutions for her clients, large and small. She received an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts and a bachelor of environmental design in graphic design from North Carolina State University. She is the past president of the San Francisco chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design and her work has been recognized by Core77, AIGA and Communication Arts, among others. Follow Amy on Twitter @agustincic.

Workshop Details

The workshop will be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on May 15-22, 2013. It will be held from approximately 9.00 am to 3.00pm every day. The workshop and all activities will be conducted in the English language.

Application Requirements

To apply for this project you must be 18 years of age or older and be able to communicate in English. You must reside in Uzbekistan and be able to live in Tashkent for 8 days of the workshop, from 9.00 am to 5.00pm every day. UNDP Uzbekistan will help cover basic costs for participants from the regions. You have to attend all sessions and commit to act as a trainer and educator in your own community.

Please send your resume/CV along with a personal statement (all in English), in which you explain what problem in your community you care about most. Your personal statement needs to be no longer than 500 words. Please send your application documents to uzbinnovator(at)gmail.com [replace (at) with @ sign]. In the subject line of your e-mail please indicate “Project ITERATE Application – [Your Full Name]“. Application deadline is May 3, 2013.

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During the eight days of the course we are going to work on a specific project which will be announced later. Throughought the course we will teach tools in ethnographic research, proptotyping, storytelling and leadership to create a solution. Every day of the workshop is designed around “learning by doing”. We will cover some concepts in class but emphasis will be made on learning from the users, customers and stakeholders and building prototypes. The outline of the workshop is as follows.

Day 1 Innovation

Day 2 Context & Empathy

Day 3 Storytelling

Day 4 Research & Prototyping

Day 5 Research & Prototyping

Day 6 Strategy

Day 7 Making It All Work

Day 8 Team Presentations and Reflection

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