The emerging field of “Design Thinking” takes design concepts from professional realms such as architecture, film, fashion, and design, and applies them to broader society. The process, which focuses on deep listening, holistic thinking, creativity, collaboration, experimentation, and “user” experience and engagement, is used in a variety of fields (business, education, urban planning, health care), as well as to engage with issues of cultural, political, and environmental significance. But it doesn’t stop there.
The Design Thinking process also is useful to individuals who are working toward expansive or specific goals. There are no limits to what can be envisioned through Design Thinking. Use it to plan a large-scale project such as starting a business, building a house, or developing a ten-year career plan or something smaller in scope, such as designing a high-yield garden, inventing and marketing a product, or creating a long-term strategy to improve your health.
In this course, you’ll use the systematic steps of empathy, problem definition, ideation, prototyping, and testing, to advance your creative vision while interacting in small groups in order to harness the power of collective, design thinking.
Tuition includes refreshments.
Virajita Singh, assistant vice provost, Office for Equity and Diversity; senior research fellow and adjunct assistant professor, College of Design, University of Minnesota, trained as an architect in India and the US, and applies design thinking to a variety of fields.
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