I’m sitting in a bar in Managua next to Peter Stanley, the chairman of my board of directors, and we’re drinking cold Toña, the Nicaraguan beer of choice. We’re in the country for our annual meeting, which always involves a site visit to Clinica Verde, our health clinic prototype, along with a long afternoon in a hotel conference room filled with thoughtfully executed PowerPoint presentations. This year, however, we’ve decided to shake things up. The rest of the board is set to arrive within the hour.Read More
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We're back at The Crucible here in West Oakland for day two of the pop-up school prototype Design School X. The two-day experience was designed by d.school fellow David Clifford.
David designed the prototype to test aspects of a new type of school -- one where students are allowed greater creative agency and an opportunity to learn skills "to help them navigate and affect change in the 21st century," he said.Read More
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If you could completely re-design the school experience, giving students the greatest possible creative agency, how would you do it?
That's what d.school edu fellow David Clifford is prototyping in West Oakland this weekend during his design sprint. David is a self-described "agitator" who "love[s] to mess with old ideas."
"The thing that we're trying to do is redesign high school for the 21st century kid to help them navigate and affect change in the 21st century," said David.Read More
In order to truly look at health care, we must also look at how we die.
This idea rests at the heart of d.school fellow and artist Jae Rhim Lee's project at the d.school. Jae Rhim is part of the d.school fellows cohort focused on health care, but she is approaching it from a right-angle, if you will. Her project focus is on "death care" -- or the ways we can better prepare and care for ourselves, our loved ones and even the environment before and after we die.
Jae Rhim is the designer of the mushroom burial suit, a casing meant to enable environmentally-friendly decomposition. She presented the suit at TED in 2011.
Now, at the d.school, she is exploring needs around death, including how we are introduced to the concept. This means, in part, focusing on conversations and exploring the nature of discussions, emotions and reactions to and around death. She is also in the midst of her design sprint, bringing along a subset of her fellows cohort to work with her to kick-start her project to the next stage.
We'd like to invite you to take part in this exploration, and pose three questions to you:
1) What do you remember about the first funeral you attended?
2) Did your parents talk to you about death, and if so what did they say?
3) When was the last time you talked to a child about death? What did you say?
We'll be following a hashtag #design4death, so please post your answers using that tag. If you're not on Twitter, feel free to share your responses in the comments.
Two of the d.school fellows -- David Clifford and Jae Rhim Lee -- are launching their design sprints today at the d.school. This means that both fellows will start working with their design teams on key aspects of their projects. The design teams are made up of the remaining fellows split into teams of two -- one for David, the other for Jae Rhim. Jae Rhim is an artist and researcher. Her project centers around death-care, particularly how to improve the ways individuals address, process and otherwise prepare for dying and death. We'll have more on her project here in the coming days and weeks.Read More
One of many challenges in teaching design thinking can be finding ways to make the methods relevant to students' everyday lives. It's one thing to design an object or experience for a partner you may have just met, it's another to apply the process to a project with which you are intimately familiar.
In a previous post, I mentioned that Justin Ferrell (our director of fellowships), Ashish Goel (d.school teaching fellow) and I put together a worksheet for professional fellows at Stanford, including the Knight, Biodesign, CERC and d.school fellows. For many of the fellows, the workshop we conducted served as an introduction to design thinking. But, based on previous experience, Justin realized that the engagement needed to be more than just a simple introductory design project or bootcamp. It had to be designed, if you will, for the attendees -- a group of professionals who, in many cases, had uprooted their lives to come to Stanford, learn a variety of new skills and methods and bring that learning back to their professional organizations.Read More
The d.school community is constantly growing, and we're always happy to see folks share their stories. This month, we welcomed eight new fellows to the d.school, including Jason Mayden.
An alumni of Stanford's Graduate School of Business, Jason came to us from Nike, where he was the senior design innovation lead for Jordan Brand. He was also an advisor to the d.school fellows program before becoming a fellow himself this year. You can read more about Jason here on the whiteboard. But you can also read more about his experiences as a fellow on Hypebeast.
That's right, Jason has his own blog, which is aptly titled "The Design Fellow".Read More
I'm now at the end of my second week as a d.school fellow and here are some raw insights.
1. You know how Stanford is often thought of as this incredibly elite and rarefied place? Well, maybe it is – but the people here at the d.school are incredibly warm, down-to-earth and generous. (I know, it kinda' hurts even more.)
2. It's hard to get a horse to follow you. We spent an afternoon at the Stanford Red Barn and experienced their equine leadership program. As a Midwesterner, the smell of tack, hay and manure immediately made me happy. But interacting with the horses to explore our leadership skills was not so easy. Takeaway: Don't over-think strategy when trying to relate with something that lives and breathes – equine or human. Connect authentically and go from there.Read More
I just finished my first week as a d.school fellow, and my mind is sparking. From the morning talk by d.school Executive Director Sarah Stein Greenberg, to discussions with Custodian of Growth and All Goodness (a.k.a Director of Fellowships) Justin Ferrell, to the chat with Editor-in-residence Emi Kolawole and Storytelling and Media Curriculum Designer Seamus Harte on telling better stories, and an awesome master class on improv by d.school and Graduate School of Business lecturer Dan Klein that stroked the raw human in all of us – I find myself asking: Why isn’t all education like this? Fresh, disorienting, frustrating, funny and real. I want to dwell in this space for all of eternity. And maybe I will.Read More
If you're asking yourself, "What's a mix tape?" I have successfully dated myself. It was 19 years ago that I started at Stanford the first time, and yesterday it was back to school again. When my daughter Elaine started kindergarten a couple weeks ago, the whole family went to send her off and take a picture together. Therefore, she also insisted that we take a picture for my first day at school as well. Here it is…Read More
“Go forward not back.”
That’s what d.school co-founder George Kembel told me when we discussed my imminent return to Fidelity this past June. The conversation came after my memorable 10-month-long experience as a d.school fellow. During that time, I both took and taught classes, worked on a Fidelity project and collaborated actively with members of my fellows cohort.
Shortly after our fellows launch day, I returned to Fidelity and re-assumed my role leading design thinking in Fidelity Labs. Since my return, I’ve taken time to reflect on what I’ve brought back to my team and, of that, what has had the biggest impact.Read More
The d.school fellowship program helps restless experts grow creative and resilient organizations, to accelerate systems-level impact in their areas of expertise. We’re thrilled to announce the upcoming arrival of eight fellows for the 2014-15 academic year. The early- to mid-career leaders come from sectors including education, health care and product design. This year’s d.school fellows are: David Clifford, Yael Cohen Braun, Jae Rhim Lee, Susan Dix Lyons, Jason Mayden, Tim Shriver, Michael Tubbs and Sam Yen.
The fellows design and scale their own projects by using the resources of the d.school, Stanford and the Silicon Valley community. They participate in an immersive experience during the academic year, which includes a residency period to learn design thinking and organization design, mixed with active periods in the field to prototype new ways of working.Read More