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Categorizing The Practice Of Design Thinking

Posted on: 12 abr 2015

What if I want to share best practices with experts like me in applying design thinking in university management? I cannot, because there is not a clear categorization in the practice of design thinking regarding a concrete field of action.
Experience is the best companion to itinerate fast.
More design thinking conversations based in its practice in different settings. I believe we need to categorize the design thinking practice and move to design-thinking-context-experts, because each field of action has its concrete problems. I acknowledge that design thinking processes (see IDEO) are the skeleton of the practice, but my point is that the processes and blended thinking involved to solve those problems, need be adapted according to the context the practice is going to take place. 
The ultimate goal of all design thinkers is shared: A human-centered world
 Are the challenges I deal with as a Design Thinker working in university settings, the same as if I were working in different business settings? Similar, but not the same. The micro challenges, sense making  and the strategies needed to solve the problems and challenges that come up are not the same, and neither are the contexts in which we operate.
"You have to feed forward if you want feedback“_ Matt Kahn.
Applying Design Thinking in University Management. I'm moving my conversation about design thinking in social media from a holistic approach, to my everyday reality-grounded practice: My expertise as a design thinker working in a University context. 
These is the roadmap of my practice:
  1. Detection, understanding and creation of value for students and the university--> Society
  2. Define a proposal of shared value from both perspectives (students and university --> Intersection of shared value.
  3. Design the strategy to make it happen
  4. Conversation starter (intentional whisperer): Spread insights and solutions. Everywhere, like I'm doing now :)
21st century universities are startup organizations. As their mission is to provide NOW to students and societies, what they both will need in the future, universities need to foster creativity and experimentation more effectively, learn to manage uncertainty and move fast.  Embracing a Design Thinking, human-centered design approach is the way to go.
2015: It is an urgency for Higher Education organizations to focus on understanding and acting on the intersection of value for students and Education, INTERSECTION OF SHARED VALUE: Universities need to provide now to students and societies, what they both will need in the future. For the shake of all.

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