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Design for Extreme Affordability Project Launched: Extreme Team in 2007, company formed in 2008 Current Status: First version of the product launched in 2011, for clinical settings, and is currently being distributed to clinics in South India, where dozens of babies have already been impacted. Partnerships have been formed with several multinational organizations to distribute the product. The Embrace team consists of 35 people, primarily located in Bangalore, India. The organization has received numerous accolades, including the INDEX People’s Choice Award, the largest international design competition.

A Riff & Ramble on HMW… Last night I thankfully caught a few tweets between some awesome K12dters Down Under… Philippa N Antipas Steve Mouldy 1st Follower Reading the tweets and also sharing a couple thoughts with Philippa inspired me to riff & ramble once again about the HMW…question. I have written previously about the power & possible problems with starting a dt challenge with a How Might We…question in the following posts: #DEEPdt Challenge Unpack It Don’t Engrave It and The 4th Word.

The forces at work when choosing a product by Rian on 15 November 2013 The jobs-to-be-done framework isn’t new, but I’ve only recently started digging into it much more since it’s been gaining a lot of traction everywhere I look. For a nice primer on the topic see Eric Portelance’s recent article for Teehan+Lax called The Iceberg of Jobs-to-be-Done, in which he explains how crucial this framework is for good product design: [Most successful products are created by] people who understand the importance of creating products that solve real customer problems, and have a set of tools and frameworks like jobs-to-be-done that they use to identify and validate the real human problems they’re trying to solve in the market. The progress-making forces diagram has been particularly useful for me in client work, since it helps people understand how difficult it can be to change existing user behavior. I’m not a huge fan of the diagram on the JTBD site, so we made a new one:

45 Design Thinking Resources For Educators 45 Design Thinking Resources For Educators Imagine a world where digital learning platforms help adult learners succeed through college completion; where a network of schools offers international-quality education, affordable tuition, and serves hundreds of thousands of children in economically disadvantaged countries; where we engage parents in understanding national trends and topics in education; where a comprehensive learning environment seamlessly connects the classroom with the opportunities of the digital world for young students; and where system-level solutions help more students gain access to college. Educators across the world have been using design thinking to create such a world. Design thinking consists of four key elements: Defining the Problem, Creating and Considering Multiple Options, Refining Selected Directions, and Executing the Best Plan of Action.

…the 4th Word This is a quick post… It is all about the 4th word. The 4th word that comes after the following: How Might We… The 4th word to me can really lift up and energize your brainstorm. Design Thinking... What is That? To promote its new Athleisure Makeup line, Tarte partnered with social media "fitfluencers" to push the concept that "sporty is the new sexy." The campaign, titled Hustle & Glow, includes a beautifully produced video in which a woman wakes up in her spacious Malibu mansion and heads to the bathroom for a full beauty routine in preparation to . . . go on a solo run. The video was met with wide appreciation from Tarte fans (and nearly 80,000 YouTube views), with many saying it inspired them to get out there and look good on the asphalt (or sand). As athleisure becomes more than just a fashion trend, it’s extended into new, unexpected categories.

How visionaries see the future By Francisco Dao On March 28, 2013 I just returned from the inaugural Dent conference where a session by Pixar co-founder Alvy Ray Smith started me thinking about how true visionaries see the future. Smith explained that in 1979 — when he and his collaborator Ed Catmull started working with the Computer Graphics Group at Lucasfilm, which would eventually be spun out to Steve Jobs and become Pixar — the computing power required to do what they dreamed about wasn’t anywhere close to being a reality. They were working with tools that didn’t exist and staking their future on the faith that Moore’s law would catch up to their imagination and make it all possible. After Smith’s talk, I kept thinking about this idea of working with tools that don’t yet exist. Technology entrepreneurs love to talk about how they’re creating the future, but the vast majority of them are working with today’s tools.

Is Design Thinking Missing From ADDIE? SumoMe Even though a crucial part of our jobs involve design, the prevailing instructional design models are based on systems thinking. Systems thinking promotes an analytical or engineering type of mindset. But we also need an approach to help us synthesize, innovate and create. In many design fields today, people who are required to create on demand use a design thinking model for this purpose. The Nueva School - Mission and Philosophy The Nueva School is an internationally recognized independent school PK-9 expanding to PK-12 serving gifted and talented students since 1967. The school is a three-time winner of the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award, winner of the American Institute of Architects Award for School Design and Sustainability, recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program, appointed an Ashoka Changemaker School, a co-founder of the Common Ground Speaker Series, sponsor of the Innovative Learning Conference, and was highlighted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author Thomas Friedman in his recent book That Used to Be Us in the chapter “Average Is Over”. Nueva is located in the neighboring towns of Hillsborough and San Mateo equidistant between San Francisco and Silicon Valley in the Bay Area of Northern California. Vision The Nueva School uses a dynamic educational model to enable gifted students to learn how to make choices that will benefit the world. Mission

Visible Thinking VisibleThinking In Action Every committed educator wants better learning and more thoughtful students. Visible Thinking is a way of helping to achieve that without a separate ‘thinking skills' course or fixed lessons. Visible Thinking is a broad and flexible framework for enriching classroom learning in the content areas and fostering students' intellectual development at the same time. Here are some of its key goals:

The Inescapable Paradox of Managing Creativity Executive Summary NOTE: Gretchen has the illustration, to be adapted for the piece. When facing the challenge of unleashing organizational innovation, many leaders fail.