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Frog Collective Action Toolkit

Frog Collective Action Toolkit
Is it possible to inspire design thinking outside of the design world? The practice has helped countless organizations innovate new products and services, but has infrequently been made available to a broad audience. frog set out to prove the practice is universal by creating the Collective Action Toolkit, a set of resources and activities to help people accomplish tangible outcomes through a set of guided, non-linear collaboration activities. The goal: to help communities generate solutions, connect to resources, and pool knowledge to solve a wide range of challenges and create real change. CAT got its start with the Nike Foundation, in which frog was asked to help empower girls to solve local community problems. The frog team explored the value of connections for adolescent girls living in extreme poverty in the developing world, and collectively devised solutions to the problems they faced. The project prompted frog to standardize and simplify the language around design thinking.

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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 is human-centered problem solving.

Scared Of Failing? Ask Yourself These 6 Fear-Killing Questions [Editor’s note: The following is the first in a three-part series of posts adapted from Warren Berger’s new book, A More Beautiful Question (Bloomsbury), for which he spoke with top designers, tech innovators, entrepreneurs, and leading creative thinkers to explore the art (and innovative potential) of asking the right questions.] *** Here’s a question: What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? If that question seems familiar, it should. One of the hallmarks of a powerful question is that it gets passed around, and among innovators I spoke with in the tech industry, this one has been making the rounds perhaps more than any other--quoted by everyone from Google’s

Social Design Talk 16: Designing social design toolkits Social Design Talk 16: Designing social design toolkits Date Monday 7 April 1830Location Seminar room E002, Central Saint Martins, LondonSpeakers: Geke van Dijk (STBY), Ayush Chauhan (Quicksand – via skype from Delhi) and Theo Keane (NESTA)Respondent: Ezio Manzini (DESIS) This Social Design Talk is jointly organized with the UAL DESIS Lab. This talk will share the experiences of the team who created the Development Impact and You (DIY) Toolkit published online in March 2014. Supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, initiated and project managed by NESTA, and designed and developed by STBY and Quicksand, this toolkit aims to help people working in development to invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results. The design and development of the toolkit involved extensive prototyping with development professionals around the world through organisations such as UNDP, Oxfam and Social Innovation Exchange.

An Introduction To Design Thinking - An Introduction To Design Thinking by Friederike Geiken, Member of Women Who Code The term design thinking gets bandied around a lot these days, but what does it really mean? 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. This saw our process gain an extra phase as we decided it really needed an explicit phase of testing your ideas/product/action before you refine or share.

A Lightning-Fast Way To Make A Digital Prototype [Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint. Missed the other previous posts? Here are Parts I, II, III, IV, and V.] At the Google Ventures Design Studio, we have a five-day process for taking a product or feature from design through prototyping and testing. We call it a product design sprint. Change for Social Design The Social Design Toolkit is a guide for the community leader in Latin America who want to use post-colonial theory to help social designers understand how neoliberalism promotes unequal power dynamics. The Context A toolkit is usually a set of tools and condense knowledge to facilitate a task for its user. Toolkits can take many shape and sizes.

Design Thinking for Visitor Engagement: Tackling One Museum’s Big Challenge through Human-centered Design Dana Mitroff Silvers, USA, Molly Wilson, USA, Maryanna Rogers, USA Abstract This paper, co-authored by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and the teaching team of the course “Design Thinking Bootcamp” at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (, documents a partnership between SFMOMA and the in Fall 2012. 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.

Preparing Your Portfolio Bootcamp Is it time to create or refresh your portfolio? Are you ready to switch jobs or attract a freelance following? Then whip your portfolio into shape in this intensive Portfolio Bootcamp. Social Design Methods - Joanna Choukeir Over the past few years, I have been collating resources of human-centered, participatory, collaborative and social innovation methods that can support a social design process. The methods ensure design outcomes are responsive, sensitive, informed, relevant, rigorous and impactful. The majority of resources are contributed by practicing service, product, social and innovation design agencies, organisations and individuals. They are presented in different forms and mediums, from card sets and books to online blogs and digital toolkits. How Might We provide educators with concrete design thinking activities for the classroom while still highlighting the mindsets behind them? We considered feedback seriously before designing our third, of four, d.home Team experiences in our d.home Team series. We looked at videos, interview notes, feedback surveys and “next step” post-its to try to understand what was resonating with our educators from our past experiences together and what was not. It was clear from the data that the easiest and most popular take-aways from days one and two were the concrete, tangible, activity-based experiences they could easily replicate in classrooms. Questions around how to merge our participants’ need for the concrete with our desire to experiment around teaching mindsets is what drove our team conversations and debates for the next several days. Here is what we tried… Day 3 – Mindsets into Action

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