Today we held our first Design Thinking Workshop. It was virtual…yet interactive! Why did I decide to do this? I was researching ways to improve innovation and creativity skills and ran across Stanford’s d.school. I knew I couldn’t afford the full design thinking course but saw that d.school provided a “crash course” through video, handouts, along with our own facilitation! Perfect!
In our 90 minute session, our attendees were able to go through the full design thinking process by participating in the Gift Giving Project. By working in pairs, participants gained empathy for their partner, defined a problem, ideated solutions, built a prototype, and shared in feedback. It was fun and entertaining.
I enjoyed watching the collaboration among the staff and faculty as well as listening to their conversations that included great questioning skills. I believe that they came away with a new way to work through a problem, think outside the box, and create new friends!
Check out the Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking!