Design Thinking…a method and a call to action
Creating is incredibly fun and an end in and of itself. It’s the best kind of play.
We hope that our children have the creative confidence and moral imagination to take this play to a high level, bringing beauty into the world and improving the human condition and environment.
Our students need a framework to make this leap. They need this framework just as they need to learn the writing process or the scientific method (thanks to Sara Shifrin for that formulation).
Gould has adopted design thinking as its creativity framework. Design thinking has a strong pedigree and broad adoption in education and the business world.
We like that design thinking works across disciplines. Creativity so often lives in the connections between disciplines and in discovering links between ideas. In that spirit, we’ve located our IDEAS Center, the home of design thinking at Gould, in the heart of our main academic building; humanities and languages are above and doors lead directly to the sciences and the arts. Design thinking will support work in the sciences, arts, humanities, engineering, entrepreneurship, and social action.
Even more important is design thinking’s ethical call to action. The process begins with empathy as a way of understanding the needs associated with a problem and discerning its significance. The process insists that we answer the questions “Does this matter?” and “What is the human experience?” – a direct challenge to the many influences that reinforce narcissism, promote short attention, and raise “cool” to a level of meaning far exceeding its value.
In the end, we hope our students will have the confidence and skills to do great things AND to discern those things worth doing.