Design Thinking Workshop on Saturday
It looks like SaturdayÂ is the day to think differently in Honolulu. While one group of educators will be exploring “deeper learning” in Manoa Valley, another group of people are gathering toÂ learn about “design thinking“Â less than a mile away.
The “Design Thinking” methodology was developed at Stanford University’s design school and championed in the early 1990s by the design firm IDEO. It’s a way of thinking that is still being taught today, and calls forÂ specific steps in a process: define, research, ideate, prototype, choose, implement, and learn.
There are often a lot of Post-It notes, colored pens, and arts and crafts supplied involved.
Saturday’s design thinking Design Challenge workshop, offered through the University of Hawaii Outreach College’s Pacific New Media program, will revolve around a one-day design challenge. By workingÂ through the process, participants will hopefully learn an innovative, iterative process that can be applied anywhere.
My first exposure to design thinking wasÂ five years ago, afterÂ a presentationÂ by IDEO alum Lawrence Shubert sparked aÂ grassroots session at theÂ 2011 Unconferenz. That led to the formation of aÂ Design Thinking Hawaii group on FacebookÂ and countless design thinking workshops ever since.
Leading the charge for design thinking in Hawaii isÂ Oceanit, a science and engineering firm founded in 1985. The company is now teachingÂ design thinkingÂ as part of a new Business Transformation Services Division. While they say it came aboutÂ “almost by accident,” Oceanit has been on board from the beginning. From highlighting theÂ potential of design thinkingÂ in the field of educationÂ in 2011 to facilitating a design thinking sessionÂ at last year’s Sustainability Summit, the company has been evangelizing the process for years.
The workshop on Saturday will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. inÂ Krauss Hall room #012. It willÂ be led by my friend and Oceanit director Ian Kitajima, along withÂ his coworkersÂ Raviraj PareÂ (a Stanford University design school graduate) and Natalie Waters. You can register onlineÂ (the cost is $195 per person).
If one day is not enough, there’s a week-long design thinking bootcamp coming in June.
Photos by Ed Morita and courtesy Oceanit on Flickr.