Happy Friday fellow design thinkers!Here is the week in review:
Tuesday the Lab held the second Open Studio of the year. We had a
number of Stanford students brainstorming different ways to teach parts
of the design thinking process. Of the myriad ideas generated, quite a
few will be built out into prototypes and tested. Additionally,
members of the Lab collected physical and digital assets into what will
soon be a design thinking toolbox which will be distributed to Girl
Scout troops through our mutual partner Techbridge.
Earlier today we held a training session at Bayside Middle School.
The focus of the day was on Empathy. We gave 3 examples of Empathy
activities, and in true design thinking fashion, we did not just talk
about the subject, we experienced it. First we deciphered the essence
of a person by watch a video about his commute. Next the teachers went
out into the community and engaged with people in order to learn more
about their morning routines. Finally we broke into small groups and
constructed stories about unknown people using only artifacts from
their lives contained in an "Empathy Box."
The teachers were once again fantastic students as they pulled out
deep needs from perfect strangers. This included understanding the
ins, and especially, the OUTS of a local Target. Congratulation to all!On the horizon:
We will have a special teacher gathering from 5-7pm on Tuesday, October 20th at the d.school. Scheduled events:
- Entertainment by the Simps (Stanford Improvisors)
- A student-produced video on design thinking from the Menlo School
- The general fun of meeting like-minded teachers
are working with Riverside, our partner school in India, to finalize
the review panel for the Design For Giving Contest that encourages
children across India to create novel and impactful ways to give. So
far there are over 1,000 entries, and there are still three weeks
before the deadline!Don't forget:
If you have questions or requests that
you want a team of highly motivated Stanford graduate students to work
on, email Rich Crandall, email@example.com
, so that he can put those asks on our Work Wall.
We will continue to have remote 'office hours' for those questions
you want an instant response to. They are scheduled for Tuesdays from
9-12 noon. Please email Adam Royalty, firstname.lastname@example.org
if you would like to make an appointment. If that time does not work
for you, let us know what does and we will see if we can accommodate
Thanks for reading.
p.s. Try to prototype at least one solution to a problem you encounter in your kitchen this week.