Socratic Conversation: DESIGN THINKING to Improve Your Life, Your Work, & Our Society, with Ron Gross, Thursday, 9/19, 4-5:15pm

Design Thinking has produced some of the most successful innovations in our lives and organizations, in realms ranging from technology to social change. In this Conversation we will explore what DT can mean for each of us, personally and professionally.

You are already a Designer in your life and work - if you use your creativity, resourcefulness, and initiative to make changes in yourself and your environment.

But you can become an even better Designer by enlarging your repertoire of techniques and strategies.

We'll get acquainted with the DT Toolkit (Riverdale + IDEO, 2012) for being creative-with-a-purpose, ranging from brain-storming, mind-mapping, and creative problem-solving, to the 5 whys, the systems approach, and failing fast through proto-typing.

DT harnesses both creativity and rationality - it inspires, but crunches! It fosters empathy for people -- but also encourages awareness of the systemic context. It strives to meld theory and practice. It is knowledge-based -- but solution-focused, rather than purely academic. It has a "bias towards action".

Indeed, we practice DT each time we gather for one of these Conversations, which are collaborative, free-flowing, egalitarian, culturally diverse, inter-disciplinary, critical, exploratory, and open-ended.

Please join us to experience Design Thinking yourself if you haven’t already (or share your experiences with some of the strategies), and discuss how this approach can add further to your strength. Throughout this year of Socratic Conversations,we will be taking advantage of DT principles and methods as we address our usual wide range of topics and issues.

To benefit from and contribute to this session, please spend 15 minutes watching the short (2-minute) videos at www.designthinkingforeducators.com -- and, if you like, download the FREE Handbook!

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Socratic conversations this year are part of the project entitled Design and Education: Dialogues on Design Thinking, which includes online video discussion and seminars on designing for the future of libraries and learning spaces.

Inspired by Socrates' famous conversations with his friends in the marketplace of 5th century Athens, we engage in spirited discussions of ideas and issues. Socratic conversations range broadly and probe deeply into the basic challenges of life. They are informed by the latest literature for reference and follow up. While building a sense of community on campus, these meetings enliven the intellectual atmosphere and model dialogue and discussion as modes of inquiry. They are part of a year long series of Socratic Conversations hosted by the Gottesman Libraries.

These highly-participatory conversations with fellow students are moderated by Ronald Gross, author of Socrates' Way and Co-chair of the University Seminar on Innovation in Education.

Where: 104b Russell

Next session: Thursday, 10/24, Topic, TBA

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