For our first workshop of the semester, learn some basic attitudes of design thinking via the classic paired workshop. Our short “crash course” introduces participants to human-centered design (HCD) as a process to generate new ideas to solve problems, while keeping people (“humans”) front and center. Since it’s the middle of hurricane season, let’s reimagine how we can promote climate resilience and address practical challenges related to the impacts of changing climate, from heavier rains to unexpected evacuations. What will happen: You will join a fast-paced, fun, hands-on activity addressing a challenge that we all face with a partner. Learn what we mean by “mindsets” of design-thinking or human-centered design such as empathy, a “beginner’s mind” and “bias toward action”. Draw from our own experiences to find new ways to address everyday problems. We take time at the end to share some of the creative solutions that participants develop. We reflect on the workshop and learning objectives. By the end, you will better understand how design mindsets bring new, creative, and human-centered approaches to problem-solving. Free! Open to the public! We welcome faculty, staff, students, and community members. Please don’t be late. This interactive workshop is a quickly paced, timed exercise with a (new) partner. Be prepared to stay until the end for maximum learning. But, if you have to leave, we’ll understand. If you have done a the paired crash course or a team design workshop before, please join us again as revisiting the process and methods is a good way to learn human-centered design.
Friday, September 21st 2018, 9:30 am – 11:30 am CDT