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Collaborative Design Thinking for schools, museums, and maker spaces

entreVersity writes: Here’s a challenge. Have you ever conducted Design Thinking with children, for example, in schools, museums, or maker spaces? What is in the mind of a child versus the mind of an adult design entrepreneur? This can be challenging due to children’s limited understanding of the design process and their lack of skills to collaborate productively towards a shared design goal. Collaborative Design Thinking (CoDeT) is a new co-design approach. To scaffold collaboration and design thinking, CoDeT relies on a framework that integrates social interdependence theory and design Thinking; this framework was validated in a case study with 49 children between 9 and 10 years old in two schools.

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Cognitive Diversity is the DNA of Design Entrepreneurs

entreversity writes: One of the hottest topics in the research literature is entrepreneurial cognition: entrepreneurs actually think differently from other people. It is all about cognitive diversity within the mind of an entrepreneur. In science, cognition refers to mental processes, including attention, remembering, producing and understanding language, solving problems and making decisions. It means the ability to process information, apply knowledge and change preferences. Mitchell et al. define entrepreneurial cognition as the knowledge structures that people use to make assessments, judgements, or decisions involving opportunity evaluation, venture creation, and growth. Mitchell, R. K., Busenitz, L., Lant, T., McDougall, P.… Read the rest

The grandfather of geoengineering entrepreneurship: Russ George Ocean Hacker

[See also my Climate change entrepreneurship as if the planet mattered ]

Geoengineering has been much in the news lately as our Planet struggles with the Climate Crisis.  Climate-change skeptics, politicians, and some environmentalists hate the idea, but one pioneering entrepreneur saw huge opportunities.[1] 

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Russ George restoring Haida ocean pasture summer 2012

More than ten years ago, Russ George, ‘geoengineering entrepreneur’, decided to take the planet’s rescue into his own hands.  He is best known for his firm San Francisco-based start-up Planktos Inc., which claims to ‘restore ecosystems and slow climate change [by] removing CO2 from our oceans and atmosphere by healing the seas, growing new climate forests, and erasing carbon footprints’.  His mantra: ‘Save the world and make a little money on the side’.… Read the rest

Testing Design Thinking in Problem Solving and Learning

Do design-thinking strategies improve student performance? A new study in design thinking education says yes. Students actually do apply DT strategies to new problems.

Educators aim to equip students with learning strategies they can apply when approaching new problems on their own. Teaching design-thinking strategies may support this goal. A first test would show that the strategies are good for learning and that students spontaneously transfer them beyond classroom instruction. Design-thinking strategies may improve learning and problem solving, and design-thinking instruction may improve the likelihood of lower-achieving students choosing to use effective strategies in novel settings that require new learning.

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Thoughts and Design

Getting Started with Design Thinking: 6 Design Thinking Mindsets & Practices for Beginners

entreVersity writes: This article is brilliant because it dives off a segment of ‘Mad Men’ where Don Draper brilliantly names the ‘Carousel’ slide projector for Kodak to show this is NOT the way a DT team works. It’s less ‘the genius with brilliant insight drop[ping] the solution ready-made into the business leader’s lap’ and more the product of a brilliant collaborative team. It draws upon the Value Proposition Canvas’s ‘Jobs to be Done’, be they Functional — accomplishing a task; Emotional — bolstering or assuaging a belief or feeling; Social — increasing relational connection or social standing. Customers don’t share a Demographic; they share Jobs to be Done.

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Climate change entrepreneurship as if the planet mattered

Keywords: climate change, climate change entrepreneurship, biophysical and socio-economic stressors, undermine earth’s capacity

There is narrowing scope for entrepreneurial action as the biophysical and socio-economic stressors reduce Earth’s resilience and our collective capacity to help the planet recover.  We are talking about ‘climate change entrepreneurship’.For centuries, entrepreneurs have acted with impunity to plunder the biosphere without returning value to it.  They must now learn not to undermine Earth’s capacity to meet present and future needs of humanity.[1]

Why does the earth matter to entrepreneurs? 

Sea Ice Patterns
Melting of the Sea Ice off Greenland portends a rise in sea levels around the globe

There’s no avoiding it.  Our planet is suffering in many ways:

  • Climate change due to the increase in green-house gases
  • Fluorocarbons depleting the ozone layer
  • Acid rain and air pollutants
  • Shortages of fresh-water resources
  • Overfishing, habitat destruction and pollution in the marine environment
  • Crop loss and grazing depletion due to desertification and erosion
  • Cutting down the world’s tropical forests, leading to erosion and flooding
  • Mass extinction of species and the associated loss of genetic resources
  • Threats to human health from exposures to chemicals in production processes, products, consumption activities
  • Rapid population growth and migration, burgeoning mega-cities, and ecological refugees

Entrepreneurs are partially responsible for the climate crisis

Henry Ford and the electric light bulb
Henry Ford and the electric light bulb
Henry Ford
Entrepreneur Henry Ford was the greatest contributor to global heating.
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The Psychology Of Design

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entreVersity writes: Jeremiah Lam’s ‘The Psychology Of Design’ delves deeper into the Mind of the Design Entrepreneur by illustrating how three perception laws affect the design process. 

  • Hick’s Law:  describes the time it takes for a person to make a decision is a product of the possible choices he or she has: increasing the number of choices will increase the decision time logarithmically.  ‘If you want your users to have a smooth experience with your product, try reducing the number of options by limiting them to what a user needs.’
  • Miller’s Law: states that the average person can only keep a limited amount of information (5–9 items) in their mind at a period of time.
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Exploring the Reasons for Design Thinking Criticism

Exploring the Reasons for Design Thinking Criticism

entreVersity writes: This article by Shane Ketterman creatively SWOT-analyzes the criticisms against Design Thinking, particularly the oft-heard one that DT has become just a buzzword and a tick box that needs to be checked off with no clear understanding of what it is. He says “It has fallen victim to attacks because of its popularity and the desire to go against the grain. He concludes that “If used properly, design thinking is here to stay.”

Design thinking has been called revolutionary, a “failed experiment,” and a set of buzzwords. While contradictory, these statements shed light on the increasing criticism of design thinking.

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‘Entrepreneur’ as ‘Under Taker’: Cultural definitions

Have you ever wondered why we use the French word entrepreneur instead of the original, proper English word?

What is the definition of entrepreneur? The word entrepreneur is derived from the French entreprendre, meaning ‘to take in between’, or ‘to undertake’. English doesn’t really have its own word for entrepreneur – or better said, it once had such a word but tragically lost it.

Is an entrepreneur a funeral director?

The originator of the word is the Irishman living in France Richard Cantillon’s in his book Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en General (1755). When his book, originally written in French, was translated back into his native English, ‘entrepreneur’ was translated as ‘Under Taker’.… Read the rest

The Mind of the Design Entrepreneur

The mind of the design entrepreneur

In my last post, we explored how Design entrepreneurship combines science, culture, and values.  This has led me to conceive a new approach that we can only call ‘designerly ways of venturing’, one that involves mindsets, human sense perception, cognition and reasoning. This harkens back to Nigel Cross’ original terms ‘designerly ways of knowing’ in 1981.[i]

In the present blog essay, I explore the mental side of design entrepreneurship by looking at designerly mindsets, the designerly sense of human perception, and finally that special kind of designerly intelligence that only entrepreneurs seem to have. Design entrepreneurs seem to find their own personal entrepreneurial ecosystem.… Read the rest