Urban Leadership Sprint - Program

Urban Leadership Sprint - Program

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Program overview


Urban Leadership Sprint is a virtual learning program designed to inspire people in urban development to navigate the challenges of today, innovate under pressure and experiment in a safe environment.


Weekly 2.5 hr online INTERACTIVES

Key questions are explored through next-thinking stimulus, real life examples, practical frameworks, peer- to-peer knowledge exchange and guest leading practitioner insights.


Individual and small-group EXPLORATION activities between interactives

Encouraging reflective practice, deepening knowledge and consolidating learning.


‘Learn while affecting change’ through a DESIGN SPRINT

New solutions to cohort defined challenges are developed by Challenge Teams (small cross-system working groups of 5-7 participants) using design thinking and innovation methods.


PITCH your ideas to industry leaders

Challenge Teams present their concepts to industry leaders, with the leading project idea awarded a 12 month Studio THI mentorship.

Meet & greet

Virtual lunch

Bring your lunch, meet your cohort and get to know the Studio THI team


Week 1

Urban development system


What is the urban development system? What is its purpose?


Week 2

Systems thinking


What are the urban challenges we can’t solve alone? Select Challenge Team to work on for remainder of program


Week 3

Understand challenges


What is the system’s view of this challenge?


Week 4

Define opportunities


How do we develop ideas together? How do we collectively prioritise the ideas to progress?


Week 5

Navigate the system


What must happen to bring this idea to life?


Week 6

Storytelling for influence


How do we get cross-system buy-in and support for concept?





Studio THI 12 month mentorship of best idea

Quartley 2 hour mentoring sessions for 12 months

Knowledge and skills outcomes

Broaden and deepen your understanding of the urban development system

The key actors, its purpose, the operating environment and your individual and organisational roll


Increase your urban leadership capabilities

With a specific focus on:

  • Collaboration and innovation in complexity
  • Navigating and influencing your operating environment
  • Maximising the benefit of urban development


Discover and practice key design thinking methods

Challenge framing and analysis, tension mapping, end user insights, collaborative ideation and storytelling for influence