Liz Forkin Bohannon on Design Thinking to Create Social Change

I’m live blogging from Catalyst Conference. Catalyst is a next-generation conference that  embolden leaders from all over the world. The theme of Catalyst for 2015 is “Awaken the Wonder.” Wonder invites potential. Wonder provides vision. Wonder inspires. Wonder leads us to God.

Liz Forkin Bohannon is the founder and CEO of Sseko Designs.  Sseko Designs uses fashion to provide employment and scholarship opportunities to women pursuing their dreams and overcoming poverty. To date, Sseko Designs enabled 60 to continue on to University. They provide employment (along with access to a comprehensive social impact program) to 50 women in Uganda and they do it through a financially self-sustaining model.

Liz graduated from the University of Missouri with a Master’s degree in Journalism.

In college, she was passionate to issues facing around women and girls. Now, she says instead, she “grew increasingly interested”around such issues.


Passion is over rated in these days. An interesting problem to solve.

Opportunity can seem hard to come by. Problems are not.

Stop looking for the unicorn and start looking at the problems that can addressed at hand.

In 2008, she moved to Uganda to assist in the communications efforts for a youth development organization based in Kampala. While there, Liz started Sseko Designs, a not-just-for profit company that provides employment and entrepreneurial training to women in East Africa. She now splits her time between Uganda and Portland, Oregon, where she and her husband Ben run Sseko Designs. She is passionate about social justice, compassionate consumerism and believes that empowering women is a fundamental piece of working towards a more just and peaceful world.

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Think you’re behind the curve because you didn’t have a crystal clear vision that a lightning came above the sky?

Well, you’re probably ahead using the idea of design thinking.

Perfect is the enemy of good. Plannings vs. Doing. Good is often good enough. Thinking about the idea of design thinking, perfect is never perfect.

MVP – Minimal Viable Product? What’s the least way of doing things to get the product out?

You start getting feedback and going through an iterative process.

In the beginning, there is an immense learning curve.

Our generation, we’re so consumed with finding your passion.

What is truer than truth? The answer is your story.