The emerging field of “Design Thinking” takes design concepts out of professional realms such as architecture, film, fashion, and graphic, product, and service design, and into broader society. The process, which focuses on deep listening, holistic thinking, creativity, collaboration, experimentation, and “user” experience and engagement, is being used in a variety of fields (business, education, urban planning, health care), as well as to address issues of cultural, political, and environmental significance. But it doesn’t stop there.
Because Design Thinking taps the creative ideas of the many rather than the few, the process also is beneficial to individuals who are working toward an expansive and/or specific goal—in this case, a personal future that is purposeful, sustainable, and fulfilling. In this unique course, you’ll use the systematic steps of empathy, problem definition, ideation, prototyping, and testing to advance your vision of that future, and in so doing learn the power of collective thinking and that two (or three or four or five) minds really are better than one.
This course is not included in Encore Transitions: The Series. It is open only to those who have participated in Encore Transitions (any session, any year 2010−2017). Tuition includes refreshments. No discounts.
Virajita Singh, assistant vice provost, Office for Equity and Diversity; senior research fellow and adjunct assistant professor, College of Design, University of Minnesota, began her artistic journey before going on to study architecture in India and the US.