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David Kelley: Teaching Design Thinking

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Overview of Video: David Kelley talks with BusinessWeek about what Design Thinking really is and how they teach it at the d.school.

Thoughts about this video: The best point in the video is that Design Thinking is a method that really isn’t just thinking like a designer.  It can be applied to any area (even a dinner party!)

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Roger Martin on Design Thinking

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Overview of Video: Roger Martin, dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, talks with BusinessWeek about the design approach to solving problems and how to apply it to recent events, including the financial crisis.
Thoughts on this Video: Martins’ definition of Design Thinking hit me as odd initially, by made more sense as the interview progressed.  I don’t always think Design Thinking has to create a “model”.  However, his definition may be more suited to the business world than some others.

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Design Thinking Process Bootcamp

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Overview of Video: This is a video of an online learning experience that was offered at the McKay School of Education on the basics of the Design Thinking Process.  The leader for the project is facilitator from the d.school at Stanford.

Thoughts on this Video:  This may be the best “short” look at what Design Thinking is and how to do it that I have come across.  If you can, find a way to participate in the activities that the facilitator leads.


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power of collaboration

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Overview of this Video: The Power of collaboration is explored as the Future of Fish team is interviewed.

Thoughts on this Video: The concept of collaboration across disciplines has been around for a while, and can be very effective.  The FOF team is using this approach as part of the overall Design Thinking process, which gives it more strength.

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Overview of Video: This is part of the Future of Fish series that gives an inside look at a non-product use of Design Thinking. In this video, the topic is about the team you assemble and what is important to consider in picking team members.

Thoughts on this Video: These guys are doing a very good job of documenting the process they are undertaking as they work to find a solution to the specific challenge they have taken on. I appreciate the desire to share HOW the process is working for them, and the quality of the information.

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Tim Brown: Change by Design

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Overview of Video: Tim Brown – IDEO CEO gives a look at the content of his upcoming book “Change by Design”.

Thoughts on this video: Very short and not a lot of thought provoking info.  Good visuals and a couple of quotables.

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What Design Thinking Offers

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Overview: This short video is an interview on the topic of what Design Thinking has to offer as compared to traditional business thinking.
Thoughts: Surprisingly- one of the best 3 point talks on the topic!

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Continuum — Inside Design & Innovation

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Overview of Video: A morning talkshow goes behind the scenes at Continuum to look at innovative products and design.

Thoughts on this Video: Always fun to see how people are putting the design process to work and coming up with new things.

Original Post Arne van Oosterom at DesignThinkers Weblog

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Building a team for design thinking

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Overview of Video: The sustainable fishing guys talk about the importance and process of selection the team for your Design Thinking challenge.

Thoughts on this Video: Very good stuff!  Not everyone has the ability to function in an environment where ideas are both generated and challenged. You should be very selective in the people that you put on that team.  There are some good resources out there on WHO should be a part of your team. I am currently putting together a pdf worksheet on that topic.

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synthesis in action part 2

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Overview of this Video: This is Part 2 of a video on the SYNTHESIS part of Design Thinking produced by a group studying the sustainability of the fishing industry.

Thoughts on this Video:  Good look and review of how this can work in any industry, with the right emphasis placed on what you are doing not how you are doing it. See part 1 below>