June 25, 2013

Design Thinking

Whenever I read about the Maker Movement, I’m proud because I know we’ve been nurturing innovators long before it became a “movement.” At many of our partner schools, we employ design thinking – an integrated, holistic way of approaching problem-solving that requires in-depth consideration of issues from multiple perspectives, acute observation, relentless questioning and sportsmanlike collaboration. It leads to out-of-the-box creative thinking and innovative solutions.

In an interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes this weekend, Charlie Rose interviewed David Kelley from IDEO, is a global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations. Kelley approaches problems in a way students everywhere can.

In another 60 Minutes interview in January 2013, Kelley said, “The big thing about design thinking is it allows people to build on the ideas of others. Instead of just having that one thread. You think about it, I come up with an idea, and then somebody from somewhere else says, ‘Oh that makes me think we should do this and then we could do that.’ And then you get to a place that you just can’t get to in one mind.”

Watch this weekend’s interview with David Kelley on 60 Minutes:

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Harold D. Brown

Written by: Harold D. Brown

Harold Brown, Senior Officer for the Advancement of Underserved Learners for KnowledgeWorks, explores and develops opportunities for KnowledgeWorks to invest and partner in initiatives designed to dramatically improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged youth.

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