EducationBS (1997) and MS (1999), Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Areas Of InterestConnections between different practices of design, innovation, change and growth. Leveraging these connections in simple tools that can are powerful across contexts.
Ela Ben-Ur has worked and co-experimented deeply with organizations and educators interested in design thinking since 2012. The focus of her present experimentation is Innovators' Compass (http://innovatorscompass.org/): 5 questions that move us forward, distilled from many different practices, which have been used from preschools to global conferences and rural communities.
Select PublicationsCo-Author with Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer of the essay “Keeping a Diary to Catalyze Creativity,” in the edited volume Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career (The 99U Book Series), September 2013
The final chapter “Developing portable, powerful Design Thinking: Innovators’ Compass” in Stanford REDLab (Research in Education and Design)’s edited volume Taking Design Thinking to School, November 2016
Writing about my work includes Tom Vander Ark "A Tool for Finding Better Ways Forward in Everyday Challenges: Innovators’ Compass" for EducationWeek, October 2019