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Design Thinking and Innovation experts

Posted on: 15 jul 2012

Experience is essential in the practice of Design Thinking and today, experts are design professionals who have practice DT systematically, because it is a KSF (Knowledge and Skills Framework) in their professions.
Design Thinking is not a practice learned in a manual nor a textbook: It needs to be internalized through practice. Seriously: does anyone really believe that Design Thinking can be applied with a manual in hand? or maybe with a few questions predefined in a form or reading a power point presentation? Experience is essential: a few encapsulated methods are not equivalent to the insights gained and internalized from the experience and analysis of years. Nor is empathy applied to a particular purpose and neither is integrate intuition in rational processes ... for example.
Most of the information about DT is about WHAT but none about the HOW: What is the KSF of Design Thinker, which are the skills needed to become a DT practitioner? By the way, this is a lifelong learning.

  • Cultivate, care for and feed your personal MATRIX (set of life experiences, experiential analysis, conclusions, visions, revelations, ideas and images).
  • Analyze what you do and draw objective and personal conclusions to each case or experience.
  • Defend your certainties and learn to convince with arguments.
  • The more connections you find to previous experiences related to a new analysis of a situation, the more security you'll have in your intuitive decisions.
  • Feed your own theories. Create personal systems of knowledge.
  • Do not forget your values at home.
  • Listen, observe, learn.
  • Share knowledge with anyone who wants to listen.
  • Practice empathy. Need to care for people.
  • Learn the rules and play by them
  • Project the future in order to be sustainable:  you as an individual and everything else

Passion and positive ambition is requiered

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