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Guided by Empathy: Rabbi Ron Stern and Stephen Wise Temple

“The question isn’t – ‘how can we get people to come?’ It’s ‘what do we need to offer so that people actually want to come?’” Rabbi Ron Stern first started playing with design thinking at an UpStart workshop presented at a URJ Conference.  Today, he’s using UpStart entrepreneurial tools and mindsets, guided by Jewish wisdom, […]

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Innovator Spotlight: Jewish Enrichment Center (Chicago)

What does the word Berakhah (Blessing) mean to you? For nine year-old Eli, it is a flowing and dynamic presence – yet something that has always been present. For eight year-old Asher, you say a berakhah (blessing), “when you see something beautiful, and you think it is a miracle that it happened.” Reuven, age eleven, […]

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Chicago Workshop: The Innovator’s Toolkit

Join us for UpStart Chicago’s April Innovation Workshop – The Innovator’s Toolkit: New Approaches to Solving Organizational Challenges. This dynamic, hands-on workshop introduces participants to the power of Design Thinking, a set of innovation tools that ignites creativity, rapid results, and meaningful solutions to organizational challenges. In this hands-on workshop, participants will: Explore different ways of […]