How do you solve a problem?

Mrs. Lakshmi, Academic Advisor at Prarthana School shares how to solve problems or innovate in classrooms/daily life using Design Thinking. She shares her journey of getting educators and administrative staff on-board to use design thinking because employee buy-in is crucial for any change in the organisation.

There are many thinking styles which can be helpful in creativity, such as convergent, divergent, system, lateral etc.

Why design thinking? In other words, what makes it unique?

It’s an iterative method for enabling users to empathize with the customers/students/teachers, understand their needs, define the problem statement, ideate solutions to the problem, create a prototype, and test their solution. Emphasis is on design process and process improvement. These creative approaches help users in profound ways - better communicators, unbiased decision making, self-confidence, and reduced fear of failure/mistakes.

Designs in themselves are great, but they may not be financially rewarding or help with business models. And that's the difference between innovation and creativity.

So, Where does Design Thinking lie?

Most of the designs feel like soulless products without enough substance. The design process can be a long one, and for good reason. Sometimes it can take a number of years.

What are the outcomes of Design Thinking?

The design thinking process is a linear approach. Design thinking provides a safe space to brainstorm, create approaches and solutions. If you fail, you know you can go back to the process.

Design thinking has guidelines, but it is meant to be used as a framework, not a rule book. If you ask a design thinking expert to tell you exactly what to do, they will not likely be able to tell you what to do with the framework-keep it flexible to understand the process and the content in a more meaningful way. There is a great opportunity to have fun designing. And with that, a great opportunity to show you have got a Design Thinking mindset.

Design thinking seems to have no limits because it demands an open mind when developing ideas-the design is not dependent on shared resources such as those used in case studies.

But, what if they are not good?

To know more check out the video

A Chat About Design Thinking

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