Design thinking: empathy for the context of a problem + creativity in the generation of insights and solutions + and rationality in analyzing and fitting various solutions to the problem context. (Wikipedia: Design Thinking)
The last 3 months of class combined Design Thinking with Compassionate Listening — see the story, in comic form, below.
Real students’ quotes:
Q: What was the goal of visiting the Rhoda Goldman Plaza?
- “It let us fully explain our project and the reasons why we chose to create something the way we did.”
- “To get advice from elders and see what they have to say on a topic they might know a lot about.”
- “to make these people happy by showing them that someone does care about them and what they have to share”
- “to be able to put our reflect and re reflecting skills to work”
Q: What are some of the things you TOOK AWAY from the experience? How was it valuable to you as a person?
- “The connection I had with them and now, it opened my eyes to real life and the history of the people and our country “
- “I was great to be able to make a connection with a person who is so different from me”
- “i met a wonderful lady who was very kind and interesting… From the experience i took away practice in presenting and ways to interact with another person i just met before presenting a personal project to them.”
- “I learned that life is very precious and to not waste it but live it everyday”