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 Design Thinking is a way of looking at the challenges you face.  It is a mindset. ​ David Kelley of IDEO refers to it as a set of strategies or "​buckets"​ to draw from.  When we see someone have what we might call a sudden flash of inspiration,​ what has more likely happened is that a great deal of convergent and divergent thought, observation,​ and trail-and-error has gone on before. ​ Such strategies as observing participants,​ building and testing prototypes, and interviewing experts are important tools in the Design Thinker'​s toolbox. Design Thinking is a way of looking at the challenges you face.  It is a mindset. ​ David Kelley of IDEO refers to it as a set of strategies or "​buckets"​ to draw from.  When we see someone have what we might call a sudden flash of inspiration,​ what has more likely happened is that a great deal of convergent and divergent thought, observation,​ and trail-and-error has gone on before. ​ Such strategies as observing participants,​ building and testing prototypes, and interviewing experts are important tools in the Design Thinker'​s toolbox.
  
-In Dr. L. Todd Rose's TEDx (Sonoma County) Talk on "The Myth of Average",​ he discusses the fallacy behind designing for "the average person",​ using the example of US Air Force fighters and fighter pilots in 1952.  Blaming the pilots, the planes, or even the flight instructors,​ did not do anything to truly address the problem. ​ [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eBmyttcfU4|Watch the video]] ​(at least the first six minutes of it) to learn what was the key to solving the problem.+In Dr. L. Todd Rose's TEDx (Sonoma County) Talk on "The Myth of Average",​ he discusses the fallacy behind designing for "the average person",​ using the example of US Air Force fighters and fighter pilots in 1952.  Blaming the pilots, the planes, or even the flight instructors,​ did not do anything to truly address the problem. ​ [[https://drive.google.com/file/​d/​0B1MNm6_LlJJAVjVxci0wLXVFTWs/​view?usp=sharing|Watch the video]] to learn what was the key to solving the problem.
  
-Jonah Lehrer tells a story at the beginning of his book, "​Imagine:​ How Creativity Works,"​ //(Yes, I know the book was eventually pulled from shelves due to Lehrer'​s fabrications and plagiarism in parts of the book.  The opening story I refer to here, however, remains true)// about the origins of [[http://​www.swiffer.com/​about-swiffer|the Swiffer]]. ​ Procter & Gamble was trying to develop a new and improved soap for mopping floors. ​ After many attempts by chemists to come up with a new formula for the soap itself, P&G asked a group of "​design thinkers"​ to work on the problem. ​ They approached the problem from a different perspective than the chemists, and the result was the invention of the Swiffer! ​ [[http://​www.npr.org/​2012/​03/​21/​148607182/​fostering-creativity-and-imagination-in-the-workplace|NPR'​s Fresh Air story, podcast, and transcript.]] ​ //(I have created an excerpt of this [[https://docs.google.com/​document/d/1GWjXAR5ytTeNxRK0XSzoJVXdBo91cK3BlfUJ50bqlsQ/edit?​usp=sharing|portion of the transcript.]])//+Jonah Lehrer tells a story at the beginning of his book, "​Imagine:​ How Creativity Works,"​ //(Yes, I know the book was eventually pulled from shelves due to Lehrer'​s fabrications and plagiarism in parts of the book.  The opening story I refer to here, however, remains true)// about the origins of [[http://​www.swiffer.com/​about-swiffer|the Swiffer]]. ​ Procter & Gamble was trying to develop a new and improved soap for mopping floors. ​ After many attempts by chemists to come up with a new formula for the soap itself, P&G asked a group of "​design thinkers"​ to work on the problem. ​ They approached the problem from a different perspective than the chemists, and the result was the invention of the Swiffer! ​ [[http://​www.npr.org/​2012/​03/​21/​148607182/​fostering-creativity-and-imagination-in-the-workplace|NPR'​s Fresh Air story, podcast, and transcript.]] ​ // ([[https://drive.google.com/​file/d/0B9fz6DqirgoZLW1JUTFpM05McHM/view?​usp=sharing|Listen to the opening snippet.]])//
  
 So, Design Thinking is a set of ways to approach the challenges we face.  In education, we face the challenge of educating a highly diverse group of students. ​ Just like the fighter jet cockpit, a "one size fits all" solution ends up working well for nobody. ​ Just like the mop, a new perspective to approach the issue can result in new ways of thinking about the solutions we can employ. So, Design Thinking is a set of ways to approach the challenges we face.  In education, we face the challenge of educating a highly diverse group of students. ​ Just like the fighter jet cockpit, a "one size fits all" solution ends up working well for nobody. ​ Just like the mop, a new perspective to approach the issue can result in new ways of thinking about the solutions we can employ.
  
  
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