WITHOUT TAKING HUMAN NATURE INTO ACCOUNT,
PLANS ARE JUST THEORY.

OUR PROFESSIONAL WORK AND PERSONAL LIVES ARE INEXTRICABLE INTERTWINED

A studio is an invitation to design and create with vulnerability. It is a place we produce creative work with skilled people by working together.

Daring Studios holds space for that collision of virtual work, creative projects, and the human part of us that makes it all complex and bit messy.



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With over twelve years of professional experience, Rachel Thompson works at the intersection of strategy and design using virtual collaboration, visual facilitation, and human-centered design.

With her extensive experience with design thinking, facilitation, visual thinking, organizational development, experiential learning and teaching, and coaching.

Currently based in Washington, DC, Rachel graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Anthropology and French from Kansas State University. She is a Design Thinking Facilitator at the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland and an Adjunct Instructor for the Design Leadership MA/MBA program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Rachel has a Certified Virtual Facilitator ™ credential through the International Institute for Facilitation (INIFAC).

She has been a part of the leadership team of the NOVAScribes, the DC Graphic Facilitation Meetup, the Design Thinking: DC Meetup, Service Design DC Meetup, and the DC Service Jam. She is a member of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners (IFVP) and Mid-Atlantic Facilitators' Network (MAFN). Rachel presented at ALT Summit 2020. She is the host and producer of A Note of Daring podcast.

Learning and Training includes:
-Seth Godin’s The Creative’s Workshop
-Seth Godin’s The Podcasting Fellowship
-The Grove’s Designing and Leading Change 3-day Intensive
-Kelvy Bird’s System Scribing Lab
-The Grove’s Facilitating Virtual Collaboration
-Co-Active Coach Training Program 2.5-day Fundamentals Course
-Ten Directions - Integral Facilitator Essentials: How Great Meetings Come to Life
-Freedom to Fight: The Essential Skills for Transforming Conflict with Confidence with Diane Musho Hamilton by Ten Directions
-Willing to Feel: Essential Skills for Emotional Maturity with Diane Musho Hamilton by Ten Directions
-Independent study and completion of Brené Brown’s Courage Works Courses (60+ hours) Including: The Gifts of Imperfection, The Anatomy of Trust, Self-Compassion, The Wisdom of Story, Living Brave Semester, Heartfelt: The Power of Apologizing
-Storytelling Bootcamp by Story District
-Experience with Lego Serious Play, Systems Thinking, The Grove’s Visual Facilitation Templates, The Grove's Team Performance Model, World Café, Open Space, and Scenario Thinking.

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Rachel Thompson is an extremely gifted designer and facilitator of learning experiences that build students' creative confidence. She has a graceful way of working with faculty with different academic backgrounds, and finding ways to integrate design thinking into fields such as Public Health, the Arts, Business, Agriculture and the Environment. I always love collaborating with and learning from Rachel, and she is one of the first that I call on to facilitate learning experiences in innovation.

Erica Estrada-Liou, UMD Academy of Innovation and entrepreneurship

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