Design thinking at work to keep babies alive
Here’s a great story from @stanfordbiz about how Stanford students are learning to use design thinking for social entrepreneurship. I appreciate the description of how design thinking is different from other kinds of problem solving:
Design thinking involves an explicit attempt to engage with both typical and atypical users, so we develop a deeper understanding of how our solution will touch many types of users.
One of the enemies of sound, lifelong motivation is a rather childish conception we have of the kind of tangible, concrete, finite, describable goals toward which all of our efforts drive us. We want to believe that there is a point at which we can feel that we have arrived. We want a scoring system that tells us when we’ve piled up enough points to count ourselves successful.
So you scramble and sweat and climb to reach what you thought was the goal. When you get to the top you stand up and look around and chances are you feel a little empty. Maybe more than a little empty. You may wonder whether you climbed the wrong mountain.
But life isn’t a mountain that has a summit. Nor is it—as some suppose—a riddle that has an answer. Nor a game that has a final score. Life is an endless unfolding, and if we wish it to be, an endless process of self-discovery.”