Over Winter and Spring 2019, I have released part by part a series of posts about how a regional comprehensive university can accelerate campus-wide growth of innovation and entrepreneurship throughout all disciplines. Part 1 is the abstract and summary. In Part 2, we recount the history of Plymouth State University and outline its innovative and novel learning model. We review the structural problems that forced PSU to launch an audacious experiment, a university-wide learning model based on Innovation & Entrepreneurship and on Integrated Clusters. Part 3 examines PSU’s opportunity to become a more enterprising institution drawing upon cross-disciplinary programs with diverse missions.… Read the rest
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This is an excellent article about how DESIGN THINKING can also be used to rethink education, even entire social systems. Of immediate concern to us teachers, Michael Schein discusses reimagining educational assessments. He excoriates us because most of our assessments these days are testing stuff you can find on Google. Yet we instructors face a dilemma: ‘My students may need this knowledge but someone out there is going to snatch my lessons out of my hands’. Design thinking applies creativity to come up with novel solutions to tough problems. Students learn to identify opportunities and practice design thinking to construct ‘minimum viable products.’ Venture start-up follows when design thinking leads to marketable solutions.… Read the rest
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What does it mean to prototype in your life? In design, we can prototype products and services in order to see how they may react or work before full production begins. In our lives, we can prototype conversations and experiences to test how we might react in our future. […]
Howard Frederick writes: The linked article by Natasha Iskander in Harvard Business Review is an example of ‘Design Thinking Irredentism’. Irredentism is a movement that seeks to claim/reclaim and occupy lost territory. Iskander seeks to foment the discontent of managers against ‘outsiders’, that new corps of designers that is revolutionizing everything from business models to personal life directions. She fails to recognize that ‘designerly ways of knowing’ is as important as the scientific method.
Her major defense is that there’s nothing new about Design Thinking; it’s all just a modern rehash of the scientific method, or what she calls the ‘rational-experimental’ approach.… Read the rest
Howard Frederick writes: How many of you designers are aware of the first design thinker? The 1960s was heralded as the ‘design science decade’ by the radical technologist Buckminster Fuller, who called for a ‘design science revolution’ based on science, technology, and rationalism to overcome the human and environmental problems that he believed could not be solved by politics and economics. He called it ‘anticipatory design science’, which he defined as human practice that would align men and women to the conscious design of our total environment, making Earth’s finite resources meet the needs of humanity without disrupting the ecological processes of the planet.… Read the rest
Howard Frederick writes: What is the definition of Design? Design Thinking is a slippery concept. As a noun, design has two meanings: either a scheming plan, aim, intention, goal, or purpose; or a concept, drawing, shape, sketch, or blueprint – even the entire finished product. As a verb, it also has two meanings: either to scheme, connive, plan, devise, or intend; or to invent, create, fabricate, or build. So, we could say ‘our design (purpose or intention) is to design (create or fabricate) the design (sketch or blueprint) of a design (finished outcome or product)! You can step into the semantics of design here: Hardt, M.… Read the rest
Howard Frederick writes: This article gives a quick and graphic introduction to empathy mapping. Design thinking is the opposite of the manager’s data-driven analysis because empathy means a focus on the human angle. Managers pay little attention to how to use customer co-creation and feedback to turn their new ideas into a business model that can be shared with a larger group.* Why does empathy matter? The market is flooded with products that hope to respond to consumers’ ever-changing needs. Research shows that customer co-creation or co-production (achieved through empathy) has a positive effect on the outcome of new production development because it results in a better fit to a customer’s preferences.… Read the rest
Howard Frederick writes: In my teaching I have always sought ways to make my students more ‘enterprising’, in the personality mind-set sense. This means from Art to Zoology, every student can create an (ad)venture, be it social, environmental, business, or whatever.
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They move from engaged to empowered. They become problem-solvers. They grow more empathetic. . . . They remain curious. They develop a maker mindset. They define themselves as problem-solvers.
Howard Frederick writes: If design thinking is so human-centred, why not start with the most important thing: your life. Most of us have two lives: the life we live, and the unlived life within us that we would like to live. Between the two stands resistance. This is where suicide prevention comes in. How to get from one to the other? ‘We are all capable of reinvention’, according to Bernard Roth, one of the founders of Stanford’s d.school and author of the book The Achievement Habit. Here is a fascinating article about using design thinking in the ‘wickedest problem’ of all. Design thinking (and suicide prevention) start with re-framing how you view yourself in the world.… Read the rest