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About IDEO
“Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer's toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.” —Tim Brown, president and CEO Thinking like a designer can transform the way organizations develop products, services, processes, and strategy. This approach, which IDEO calls design thinking, brings together what is desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable. It also allows people who aren’t trained as designers to use creative tools to address a vast range of challenges. Design thinking is a deeply human process that taps into abilities we all have but get overlooked by more conventional problem-solving practices. The design thinking process is best thought of as a system of overlapping spaces rather than a sequence of orderly steps.

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Want A Crash Course In Stanford’s Design Thinking? Here it is for free (Pt. 1 Empathy) The Institute of Design (D.School) at Stanford has become one of the most talked about institutions recently because of the methodology they are spreading around the world to improve our lives through a collaborative approach that inspires human centered innovations. Last week I had the absolute privilege of being a part of the Design Thinking Hawaii boot camp which was focused on improving the education system in Hawai’i. I spent an entire week submersed in this methodology but most importantly put it to practice when coaching a team of educators through a 3 day design challenge. The Design Thinking process is broken up into a 5 step ITERATIVE (not linear) process.

The Art of Empathy I love artists. Love them. I also love much of the art that artists create, but I love the persons behind the art even more - their stories, their motivations for creating, their sometimes maniacal drive to create, and their talent. Art at its best can provoke, can speak truth, can help us slow down and contemplate a moment, an object, a place, or a person. Rave against the machine Molly Macindoe’s photography reveals the gritty former life of familiar city sites during the free party heyday of the late 90s, writes Merlin Fulcher Photographer and partygoer Molly Macindoe lifts the lid on UK rave culture, offering an insider’s perspective in her new book Out of Order: A Photographic Celebration of the Free Party Scene. It covers underground parties, mostly in London, which Macindoe attended between 1997 and 2006, and casts a new light on the people and places involved. Three years before Macindoe’s narrative starts, the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act had criminalised outdoor parties with music ‘wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats’.

A More Powerful Inquiry One of my core educational values is Curiosity. Yet, in the past I have fallen into the trap of Inquiry = Research instead of a more open curious discovery process. One of the biggest pedagogical changes I have made was when I shifted to an inquiry approach that was about allowing students more time to dwell, think and discuss their questions on whatever the topic of study was at that time. A lot of this had been intuitive practice so I was stoked when I first came across the Galileo Educational Network website and their intro to Inquiry (thanks Karen for the link!): Intro to What is Inquiry from Galileo Education Network

Lesson 0 — An Introduction to Wisdom Aristotle differentiated between two aspects of wisdom — one addressing existential and metaphysical issues, the other addressing everyday life. The poet Coleridge called this second practical variety of wisdom, “Common sense in an uncommon degree.” An earlier book of mine, TOWARD WISDOM, dealt mostly with the meaning-of-life kind of wisdom — the big-picture, existential kind. It is this aspect of wisdom that spiritual paths help us develop if we are willing to make the necessary (and often considerable) commitment of time and effort. Practical wisdom, on the other hand, is much more accessible. Upcycled Designs Showcase We were recently contacted by an enthusiastic member of a growing sect of the design and art community, Niels Craens, whose environmentally conscious mindset has crossed into his creative side. Niels is an Upcycling designer. This popular method of green re-purposing of materials to soften the environmental impact created from our over-indulgent consumer society provides our FYC readers with an inspiring showcase of some truly breathtaking creations. Niels, provided us with some eye-opening facts about an area of our wasteful culture that wrought an imaginative creation that inspired us to not only put together this showcase, but to feature his brilliant design. Niels Craens Niels Craens is a graphic designer that has completed extensive research into the advantages and disadvantages of cardboard drinking packages.

NZC and Design Thinking Part 2 While last week was about deconstruction and reconstruction of the New Zealand Curriculum, this week has been about gaining clarity in our process. The state of the table over the past 2 weeks in our “Curriculum Hacking Cave” shows this quite nicely. The emergence of a Design Thinking process from the curriculum had led us to reading further into this approach. We explored other models from business and education backgrounds and came together on Monday to discuss our findings. The discussions led to us exploring the language from the NZC and comparing it with the language from the Design Thinking models to further refine our Learning Model.

Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains? Big Ideas Culture Design Thinking Teaching Strategies A group of Harvard researchers is teaming up with schools in Oakland, Calif. to explore how kids learn through making. Through an initiative called Project Zero, they’re investigating the theory that kids learn best when they’re actively engaged in designing and creating projects to explore concepts. It’s closely aligned with the idea of design thinking and the Maker Movement that’s quickly taking shape in progressive education circles. Though it’s still in very early stages — just launched at the beginning of this school year — researchers and educators at the school want to know how kids learn by tinkering – fooling around with something until one understands how it works.

CHIP House powered by solar energy, controlled with Xbox Kinect - Images The CHIP House's most striking feature is the insulation fitted around the home, which makes it look like a giant mattress but also preserves the interior temperature Image Gallery (6 images) The CHIP House - which stands for "Compact Hyper-Insulated Prototype" - was started with the goal of creating a net-zero energy home (i.e. one that requires no external energy source), and it looks like the designers exceeded that target.

DTK12chat Please join us for a weekly conversation about design thinking in K12 education. We will have a variety of moderators with a wide range and depth of design thinking experiences. Each week, we will connect the dots to the design thinking methodology and how it can and will play a bigger role in today's K12 educational arena via a twitter chat. The hashtag to bookmark is #DTK12chat. As you join in these conversations, we hope you will come to a understand that design thinking is a mindset that if practiced and utilized will open up the doors to possibility in your classroom, teaching, and learning for both you and your students.

Design Thinking For Impact Exhibit Change is a community of designers working to solve real world problems where they are happening. With our Design Thinking for Impact portfolio we are focused on working with individuals learning and practicing design thinking. We think that there are crucial lessons and principles that lend themselves to solving the complex problems that we face today. We offer a variety of workshops to keep you practicing:

THE LIVING BUILDING PROJECT DETAILS Infographic – click to enlarge - An update on the garden half a year later can be found here This is a detailled plan about the “Living building”-Project I was involved in during my time at Jaaga in Bangalore. I recieve updates once in a while about the status and right now people are building the panels for the vertical garden – the fox is out of the hole! Thanks to Allison, for sending me text and illustrations. //Here’s the plan//

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