Recently a colleague linked to a story in the New York Times that described Design Thinking at the D.school at Stanford and the considerable successes achieved by the program. He highlighted an important part of their process which is the development of your empathy muscle. After I read the NY Times article I took a trip to the D.school web site and found a new feature, a virtual crash course in design thinking.
The recent success in the D.school program has led to significant interest so the school has created some virtual content for all interested designers to take a test spin in design thinking. The crash course is structured in three parts.
1. Gear Up: How to Kick Off a Crash Course
2. Go for a Ride: Virtual Crash Course Video
3. Chart a New Course: Put Design Thinking to Work
The eighty minute virtual crash course video can allow any organization to structure an introduction to Design Thinking for the time, effort and experience of doing it. Obviously “doing it” is a critical element in design thinking.