Icon Workshop


28 November 2020 & 14 January 2021 | 10am – 5pm (virtually)

In this workshop, we will use the innovation method design thinking combined with positive psychology and visualization to manage our day to day lives by giving it structure, managing our energy (physical, mental, emotional) proactively and building a portfolio of mental health strategies.

In addition, we will look what we are all about and how to bring more of this into our future. Whether as a full-time job, a part-time job, a side-project or as a hobby to build self-efficacy, hope for the future and optimism (which we have scientifically proven).

You will meet other people who are looking for solutions to realize themselves, to deal with uncertainty, to move from the passenger to the driver seat. While the starting point might be different for each person, together we embark on a search for a future with smaller and bigger elements of fulfillment, joy and energy.


We use creative and visual methods that enable you to develop your personal vision of the future beyond purely cognitive logic (rational pro-contra lists, decision matrix, economic considerations, etc.). Rather, we leave the well-established patterns of thinking, dead ends and one-way streets by means of creativity techniques.

We create emotional experiences, give space to supposedly offside ideas and thus raise unconventional ideas for your future. Through empathy, inspiration and co-creation you will turn your ideas into prototypes, test them, modify them and optimize them in the following weeks.


After the workshop, you will ...

  • know how to structure your day for more energy (physical, mental, emotional)
  • understand what you are about (including your signature strengths)
  • are equipped to have more healthy conversations with yourself
  • know how to bring smaller and bigger changes into your life and career • will be in a position to more pro-actively manage your future


  • 1 day virtual workshop from 10am until 5pm via Zoom
  • 27 November 2020 and 13 January 2021 in German, 28 November 2020 and 14 January 2021 in English
  • 1 follow-up session via zoom for 1.5 hours a few weeks after the course
  • A model, methods and especially a mindset for working constructively towards the future with creativity and confidence, at all stages in life
  • A relaxed and creative atmosphere, even and especially with Zoom
  • Networking in Life Design Teams
  • Certificate of the University of St. Gallen
  • This virtual workshop is free of charge and only for people who have lost their jobs due to the Corona situation

Register via info@lifedesignlab.ch with your personal information: Name and Family Name (for your certificate) and a few lines about yourself (incl. if you like your area of work and your current challenges).


Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kernbach is Assistant-Professor and founder of the Life Design Lab at the University of St. Gallen. He just finished writing his latest book on Life Design and provides courses such as “Design Your Home Office” and others.

He is also a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University where he teaches "Research as Design" and “Creativity in Research Scholars” and where he was also inspired and educated at the Stanford Life Design Studio. He has worked with hundreds of people on life design and is also conducting research on the effects of life design.

In his free time, he loves to do backcountry skiing, reading design magazines and listening to oldschool HipHop music. He is currently working on a new platform for prototyping jobs and hopes to inspire others in Switzerland, Germany, South Africa, Stanford and the rest of the world to bring more of themselves into their lives. 


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Life Design Lab

Institute for Media and Communications Management
University of St.Gallen


Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kernbach
Email: info@lifedesignlab.ch

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