• Leadership,  Teaching and Learning

    You Have To Find Ways Around Things

    I received this email from a colleague: In the mix of conferences… What if…. We completely reimagined what that looked like??? How would we make that change? It made me think about IDEO’s blog vignettes called “Thoughtless Acts.” Human-centered design requires us to observe human behavior with beginner’s eyes, so that we can spot the innate ways people interact with the world around them. We call these intuitive and unconscious reactions Thoughtless Acts. – IDEO A recent Thoughtless Act called “Going with Gravity” described an old woman leaning over her small wall to pick an herb because it was easier on her body than bending down, and then having to get back…

  • Design Thinking,  Leadership,  Teaching and Learning

    I Want Your Absolute Worst Thinking

    “I want your absolute WORST thinking…” The other day I was co-presenting a session to educators that focused on why design thinking is needed in K-8 classrooms. We talked about the need for empathy, for designing a new future, for “soft” skill development, etc. You know how it goes… you sit and listen to a presenter talk about why their idea is going to revolutionize education, and you get all pumped up and ready to take on the world. Then I led them through a brainstorming activity in which I asked them to quickly brainstorm all the WORST possible ways to introduce design thinking in their classroom. They stared at…