Unpacking Design Thinking:  Empathy

Unpacking Design Thinking: Empathy

When is the last time your principal, executive director or boss asked you to redesign a curriculum, program or product launch by empathizing with students, grant recipients or consumers? Probably not recently. But in a world saturated with the memes

Unpacking Design Thinking:  Define

Unpacking Design Thinking: Define

Have you ever thought you defined a problem or solved a challenge by implementing your “pet idea” — an elegant product, groundbreaking system or awesome experience? No doubt, the solution itself was probably fantastic, but did it actually address the

Unpacking Design Thinking:  Ideate

Unpacking Design Thinking: Ideate

Ideate is the space in design thinking where individuals and teams elevate and celebrate the power of possibility.  It is the transition from identifying a particular question or problem to generating a wide variety of potential answers and solutions. It’s

Unpacking Design Thinking: Prototype

Unpacking Design Thinking: Prototype

Imagine going to your next meeting with a prototype instead of a cup of coffee and notepad. The prototype is an early model or experiment to rapidly create solutions to challenges and problems already defined and discussed by design thinkers.

Unpacking Design Thinking: Test

Unpacking Design Thinking: Test

If you made it to the test space, you really do have a good grasp of design thinking. Testing is the culmination of empathize–define–ideate–prototype spaces of design thinking.  Problems have been framed and potential solutions prototyped but teams have not

Designing Systems and Experiences

Designing Systems and Experiences

When you think of design and design thinkers, do you visualize professional designers and engineers creating new products?  Is it difficult to imagine yourself in that group? In fact, design thinking is not only about professional designers creating innovative products.  Design

Visual Thinking with Mind Mapping

Visual Thinking with Mind Mapping

Visual thinking can sometimes be better than words when brainstorming, asking questions and connecting ideas previously thought to be unconnectable. And mind mapping makes visual thinking come alive.  The old saying, “a photo is worth a thousand words” is certainly

Design Thinking for Social Good

Design Thinking for Social Good

Knowledge Without Borders™ used design thinking for social good to implement a user-centered solution for a school in a poor district of Lima, Peru.   For several years I represented Knowledge Without Borders™ in a philanthropic project at the Madre Admirable

What is Design Thinking?

What is Design Thinking?

Design thinking is a dynamic and fluid approach to problem solving that has captured the imagination of innovators in education and philanthropy, as well as entrepreneurs around the globe. Originally focused on the exclusive domain of engineering, design thinking has

Design Thinking and Innovation in Istanbul

Design Thinking and Innovation in Istanbul

  Located on Istanbul’s Asian side of the Bosphorus Strait, Kadiköy is a bustling municipality with a diverse population of more than 500,000 professionals, artists, workers and their families.  Its street markets are stocked with fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, Turkish