Your Life

Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show how to design a work life focused on growth and filled with possibility.
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“Let’s make sure that we design the fully engaged life—the this-is-interesting-to-me life.” Bill and Dave preview the tools teams need to “get unstuck” and become more fully engaged in their careers.

Program Topics

  • Disruption Design: The Solution to Non-Stop Disruption is Non-Stop Design

    The pandemic of 2020 created massive disruption—a change of such scale that things will never be the same again. Life-altering disruptions can be personal, regional or global and are increasingly part of modern life. We all need to know how to design our way through them. When a disruption arrives, it ends the way things were and throws life into a confusing latent zone before the new world begins. It’s tempting to “just wait” for things to go back to “normal”—but they never will. The only way out of the waiting room is through generative acceptance. In this presentation, Bill and Dave show how to turn the ambiguity of disruption into design freedom by generatively engaging the new reality and staying ahead of the unpredictable. Learning how to set the bar low and clear it with frequent and small redesigns for all aspects of life and work can help us not only learn to survive disruption, but to find new opportunities within the uncertainty. Disruption Design is a new core competency for modern life.

  • The Human in the Room: The Post-Pandemic Imperative to Make Work More Meaningful

    The pandemic forced our humanity out into the open, especially on the job. When you Zoom into work from the bedroom, your colleagues see you as a real person, not just a role. Disruption hits us all so hard that it makes our shared humanity—our hurts, our fears, our vulnerability—immediately more visible, and increases the levels of trust between employer and employee. Bill and Dave demonstrate how this change in relationships offers the potential to make work a more human experience for all of us. They also warn against the danger for business leaders who ignore this shift in the culture. If organizations try to simply return to “normal” and take away that increased level of trust and recognition from their employees, they will soon find their talent looking elsewhere.

  • Designing Your Work Life Workshop

    Using their innovative approach, Bill and Dave teach teams how to approach work like a designer: to navigate roadblocks, take risks, and reframe situations.

  • Design Engagement

    Engaging teams is essential to any organization’s success. In this talk, Bill and Dave equip managers with the tools they need to help their teams thrive, stay passionate, and maintain a healthy work–life balance.

Designing Your New Work Life

Designing Your New Work Life


Designing Your New Work Life

“Design thinking is for people like you, whether you receive the paycheck or sign the paycheck. This book is full of ideas and tools that will help you not only create more meaning in your life, but also build more joy into each workday….We believe that we can all learn to design a way to thrive at work and create a workplace that’s better for everyone. And the good news is, it’s not going to be that hard.”

—Excerpt from Designing Your Work Life
Designing Your Life

Designing Your Life

How to Build a Well-lived, Joyful Life

Designers create worlds and solve problems using design thinking. Every design starts with a problem that a designer or team of designers seeks to solve.

In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are.

Available as Hardcover, Ebook, or Unabridged Audiobook
272 pages; Published September 20, 2016

Designing Your Life

Designing Your Life walks readers through the process of building a satisfying, meaningful life by approaching the challenge the way a designer would…You should read the book. Everyone else will.

—Daniel Pink, bestselling author of Drive

“The prototype for a happy life…Burnett and Evans show how to apply Stanford’s famous design principles to finding your place in the world, as a recent graduate or mid-career.”

—NPR’s Brian Lehrer
Designing Your Life Workbook

The Designing Your Life Workbook

A Framework for Building a Life You Can Thrive In

The Interactive Companion to the #1 New York Times Bestselling Book

Based on the wildly popular Stanford course that started the life design movement, this notebook allows you to dig deeper into your curiosities, motivations, and skills; define your goals; and track your progress. The Designing Your Life Workbook is your dynamic roadmap to building a joyful, fulfilling life that always holds the possibility of surprise.

Designing Your Life Workbook

“Burnett and Evans believe there isn’t one perfect job waiting for us any more than there is one perfect solution to a design problem. Rather, our professional lives are journeys that involve trying lots of jobs in order to find the ones that make us happy.”

—Ina Garten, cookbook author and host of Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa

“An empowering book based on their popular class of the same name at Stanford University . . . Perhaps the book’s most important lesson is that the only failure is settling for a life that makes one unhappy.”

Publishers Weekly
Designing Your Life eCourse

Use Design Thinking To Help You Become Unstuck

Do you feel stuck and anxious about the future? Do you feel like you should know what you want to do with your life but you aren’t sure which direction to head?

Stanford professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans are joining us at CreativeLive to teach a class based on their #1 New York Times bestseller, Designing Your Life.

By leveraging proven design thinking principles used by leading companies such as IDEO, IBM, and Apple, they will teach you how to apply that same methodology to making your biggest life decisions. Regardless of age, income, or stage in life, their unique approach to designing your life will give you the actionable tools necessary for becoming unstuck and creating a more meaningful life. You will learn how to ask the right questions, eliminate old ideas that are not working and test new approaches to your life.

Designing Your Life eCourse

“Bill and Dave’s context is a catalyzing bridge I haven’t found elsewhere, just right for my experience and background. Previous introductions to design thinking weren’t meaningful for me as this is. I can’t thank Bill, Dave, and, of course, CreativeLive enough!”

— CreativeLive Course Participant

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Bill Burnett and Dave Evans are available to speak to your team individually or together. Contact us for more information about how they can help transform your team.