Building a networked team: The new #dchat

The last time I worked in a team environment, I was on a Skype call with the teaching team for a pop-up class. That was a week ago. I have not been as diligent about working in teams as I should be, especially when I consider everything I have learned about the power of multidisciplinary team creation. (That’s to say nothing of how much I proselytize about this type of teamwork to others.)

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Let's talk the future of living and learning at Stanford

Exhibit_Title Update: Here's our recap of this week's chat with the Stanford2025 team. We're still tweaking our more concise, curated recap. Let us know if we missed something you think should be added. In the meantime, we look forward to your ideas around the re-designing of higher education! Original Post:

It was a time of shifts and vitality and experimentation and technology. Stanford University in 2025 was buzzing with change and promise. We’ve attempted to re-create those exhilarating times in Stanford2025.

Imagine you're standing in the year 2100. You’ve been transported through time to a museum exhibit celebrating the four major shifts in living and learning that Stanford University experimented with in the years leading up to 2025. Your handed a museum catalog and read the text above.

This was the setting on May 1, 2014 for guests who visited the to witness Stanford2025 -- an immersive experience marking the culmination of a year-long project funded by the Dean of Mechanical Engineering and carried out by the The Stanford2025 exhibition introduced four potential future changes to Stanford students' living and learning experience in the future: Open Loop University, Paced Education, Axis Flip, and Purpose Learning.

The ideas behind these futures are rooted in the work of many contributors, including students who participated in one of the classes examining the topic, a team of nine faculty and designers, and a network of active experimenters, stakeholders, and faculty.

In this #dchat we’d love your thoughts and feedback on the four futures. Check out the videos and supporting content.

We'll begin promptly at 6pm and end at 7pm PST. You can follow the conversation by tracking the hashtag #dchat on Twitter. We will have a number of people from the Stanford2025 project online, including:

Carissa Carter - @snowflyzone Lecturer,

Ashish Goel  - @ashpodel Teaching fellow,

Scott Doorley - @scottdoorley Creative Director,

Tania Anaissie - @anaissie Designer,

Seamus Harte - @seamusharte Designer,

We look forward to a lively conversation!


Designing for the confidence gap

(Photo by Flickr user Lance Neilson) Roughly two weeks ago, Fellow Anne Gibbon wrote about ways in which design thinking could help alleviate the confidence gap -- the disparity between the confidence men and women bring to their professional lives. Citing her own experience, Anne outlined a ten-minute prototype, which she used to help increase her own confidence.

She finds that often the challenge isn't that women aren't sure of what they know, they're hesitant to put their work into the world.  She believes women need to learn to take bigger risks with prototypes they develop day-to-day.  What if women pivoted their focus from the initial judgment of failure or success to focusing on maximizing the number of opportunities they have to learn, such as in a full design cycle? The new bridge to cross the confidence gap involves dropping the need for a certain outcome and focusing on the process.

What do you think? What's your bridge? Or do you even see the confidence gap in your 9-to-5?  Join Anne (@AlcinoeSea) on Tuesday, May 6 between 6 and 7 PST on Twitter. Follow along via #dchat.

Update: Thank you to everyone who joined us for #dchat this week with Fellow Anne Gibbon. We have our recap available now:

#dchat: Let's talk design thinking resources

Update: This week we had a robust discussion with a number of shared resources. Thanks to everyone who joined us. We have selected tweets from our conversation this week at the end of the post. Here at the, we offer a number of resources for those interested in design thinking. That said, there are likely resources you are aware of that you've always wanted to share or learn more about. I know I definitely have a few questions in this space.

The Bootcamp Bootleg is merely one of many resources available to help in learning the design thinking process.

So, I'll be your host for #dchat this week. The topic: Let's talk design thinking resources. Let's explore resources even beyond print. What are some methods that you've found work well in your design work that you discovered through the application of principle in the creation of your own process. Are there methods you've always had questions about?

I am approaching this chat from the perspective of someone as interested in learning as I am in assisting. If I can't answer a question live, I'll try and find someone here at the who can! So, we'll be starting at our regular time tonight (Tues.) at 6pm PT and will go until 7pm. In the meantime, be sure to check out last week's #dchat with fellow Melissa Pelochino on her project #2minPD.

Update: Here are our highlights from this week's chat!

The fellows program: Your questions answered

We had a great #dchat this week with Justin Ferrell, director of the fellows program here at the Applications opened on Tuesday, and he fielded questions online. We decided to place these in a separate post for easier reference. If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to ask in the comments!

Metaphor as a tool for design

Update on March 31: Thanks to everyone who joined us for #dchat this week! Here's the recap via Storify:

Original Post:  It's Tuesday, and we're back with another #dchat topic and a special guest host. Ashish Goel, a teaching fellow at the and startup founder, will be leading tonight's discussion. The topic: "How can the language of metaphor be used as a powerful design tool?"

Ashish Goel, teaching fellow.

What if, instead of approaching a design challenge literally, such as designing a new car feature, you approach it metaphorically. Replacing the car with something else, such as a horse-drawn chariot or something perhaps even more indirectly related? How would that change the way you undertake the challenge, or help generate ideas that you might otherwise not have been able to?

Ashish will be online from 6-7pm PM tonight to take your questions and discuss this. So, follow the hashtag #dchat and follow Ashish on twitter at @ashpodel.

#dchat: Your favorite design read

(Photo via Flickr user  cogdogblog) Many words have been written about the world of design. There are coffee table books, paperback books, magazines, blogs and publications galore. This week on #dchat, we want to talk about your absolute favorites. What is the best book, the best article or even the best social media account? Who and what do you read to be informed, inspired or delighted when it comes to design -- and why? We'll collect your tweets here on the whiteboard. 

In the meantime, we look forward to having you join us at 6pm PT on Twitter on Tuesday, Feb. 18. You can follow the hashtag #dchat or drop me a line at @emikolawole. We look forward to hearing about your favorite reads!

In the meantime, you can read last week's #dchat with fellow Margaret Hagan on law and design.