Design Thinking and Innovation experts

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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