Design Thinking is an approach to understanding and solving complex problems. It is rooted in people, in place, and in a process that unlocks the insights and creative collaboration that can generate innovation.
It has a lot more to do with doing than thinking.
At its core is the recognition that people - their needs, the contextual constraints they experience, their aspirations and preferences - determine the suitability of any solution.
Hence design thinking is intrinsically human-centred; and empathy is emphasised in design thinking practice.
The philosophy underpinning design thinking is that diversity in every spectrum - from race, culture, world view and perspective, to skills, experience and insights - is vital in addressing the complex challenges faced by contemporary society.
Collaboration in diverse, multidisciplinary teams is a characteristic of design thinking in action.
A responsiveness to context - the ability to deeply connect with local realities and appreciate local knowledge and systems - is also necessary for developing solutions that are appropriate and effective.
It is not a linear process, but loops through the phases iteratively <<<<<< based on insights and feedback. >>>>>>
Building creative confidence is central to what we do at the d-school.
The fast pace of scientific and digital progress, combined with socio-political and economic uncertainty, requires a mindset that can imagine the future to create solutions that are not based on data and certainty.
The African philosophy of Ubuntu - loosely explained as "I am because of you" - is a way of defining who we are and how we relate to others. It springs from the belief that one's humanity is affirmed when one affirms the humanity of others.
This resonates with the way design thinking is practised at the d-school. Embracing diversity. Empathy. Deferring judgement.Building on the ideas of others. These are some of the design thinking principles that determine the way we work with people and the knowledge, skills and resources they represent. These principles enable us to co-create and collaborate with a broad range of people.
TRAINING IN DESIGN THINKING
Training in design thinking provides tools, a process, and ultimately a mindset, that equip practitioners to collaboratively develop human-centred solutions to challenges in contemporary contexts that are dynamic and complex.
At the d-school we believe that innovation happens at the nexus of business (viability), technology (feasibility) and human values