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StartingBloc 2012: Design Thinking & Prototyping Workshop

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Workshop facilitated by Melanie Kahl, The Third Teacher+ and Sami Nerenberg, Design for America at the StartingBloc October 2012 All-Fellows Summit in Chicago.

StartingBloc 2012: Design Thinking & Prototyping Workshop

  1. 1. Real worlddesign.prototyping as a methodology
  2. 2. Open our office to the world.
  3. 3. Continue the conversation about design & social innovation.
  4. 4. Who are we?
  5. 5. Five things you should know aboutThe Third Teacher+
  6. 6. 1 We were born out of a wicked question. inquiry to practice.
  7. 7. How can design transform teaching & learning?
  8. 8. How can the design processtransform teaching & learning?
  9. 9. NOUN. verb.
  10. 10. “We’re going to have a BABY.”
  11. 11. “We’re going to have a BABY.”“We’re going to have burping, messing, cooing, crawlingdiscovering, spilling, learning, growing, crying, loving...”
  12. 12. NOUN. verb. SPACES, CLASSROOMS, WORKING, LEARNING, LIVING,CITIES, HOSPITALS, OFFICES... GROWING, HEALING...
  13. 13. Shared inquiry.Co-created artifact. Living practice. A journey from question to consultancy.
  14. 14. 2 We are an interdisciplinary & t-shaped team. with our powers combined...
  15. 15. Trung Le Christian Long Sarah Malin Melanie Kahl ARCHITECT EDUCATOR ANTHROPOLOGIST STRATEGIST@lecannondesign @christianlong @sarahcmalin @melaniekahl Emi Day DESIGNER/EDUCATOR
  16. 16. 3 We are concerned with the ecology of learning. holistic thinking, baby.
  17. 17. Setting the table forconnection & conversation on the future of learning.
  18. 18. 4 We are a laboratory for a global firm. go-go gadget, intraprenuership!
  19. 19. 5 We believe in the power of design and the empowering process of design. yes. we. can.
  20. 20. 1. A CULTURE OF CRITICAL COLLABORATION2. INTERDISCIPLINARY PROBLEM SOLVING, EVERY DAY3. TINKERING WITH SOLUTIONS AND RECLAIMING FAILURE4. THE SHARED POWER OF THE PENCIL AND PIXEL
  21. 21. how will myeducationserve theworldpositively?
  22. 22. OUR PROCESSDISCOVER. ACTIVATE. DESIGN. DISCOVER ACTIVATE STRATEGIZE LAUNCH INQUIRE EMERGE DEVELOP PROTOTYPE REFINE patterns sketchesobservations ideas concepts stories vision
  23. 23. 6oh yeah, one more thing... We love what we do. ...and who we work with.
  24. 24. Create a new language of playto inform the design of anoutdoor learning environment.
  25. 25. Design a city college thatempowers real world experiencefor the health professions.
  26. 26. Hack a classroom into a storystudio to prototype a newclassroom strategy for the school.
  27. 27. Embody and empower Montessoripedagogy in Chiaravalle’scommunity spaces.
  28. 28. DESIGN?
  29. 29. Design for America (DFA) is anaward winning network of student-led studios creating local and socialimpact through design.
  30. 30. INTERDISCIPLINARYCOLLABORATION
  31. 31. small small small
  32. 32. small
  33. 33. How can we use less water to wash dishes in the cafeteria?Right Angle
  34. 34. How can we reduce hospital acquired infections?SwipeSense
  35. 35. How can we engage children with healthy food in grocery stores?Fruit Buddi
  36. 36. HOW DO WE WORK? J
  37. 37. Look Locally
  38. 38. Create Fervently
  39. 39. Act Fearlessly
  40. 40. We are a generation of creativeactivists reinventing our world.
  41. 41. TheChallengeTopic: EducationProcessUnderstand: Personas & JourneyCreate: Ideate & PrototypePitch
  42. 42. Education.
  43. 43. More people are starting college.But of the 70% whostart post secondary,less than half finish in 6years.
  44. 44. Tuition rates havegrown at three times the whoa.rate of inflation.
  45. 45. By 2018, two-thirds of all jobswill require some post secondaryeducation.Labor economistsestimate that theUnited States will fall3 million degreesshort.
  46. 46. Thirty-three states have two-yearcompletion rates at or below 25%. In 13 states, less than 15% of students who start at two-year colleges graduated within 150% of normal time to degree.
  47. 47. How might we design a better bridge between high school and astudent’s next steps to college or career?
  48. 48. ...help families navigate post-secondary choices and processes? ...help students preview careers more effectively? ...help teachers pursue professional development opportunities?
  49. 49. “School is good at prepping for the student,but not the whole person” STUDENT REFLECTION IN TEEN SURVEY
  50. 50. “[As an adult] I want to be able to supportmyself in every way possible: financially,emotionally/mentally, physically.” STUDENT REFLECTION AFTER TEEN DESIGN LAB
  51. 51. “Turning a leap into a step” STUDENT REFLECTION AT TEEN DESIGN LAB COMMUNITY WORKSHOP DINNER CONVERSATION STARTER
  52. 52. Your turn.[roll up your sleeves.]
  53. 53. UNDERSTAND
  54. 54. CREATE
  55. 55. IMPLEMENT
  56. 56. UNDERSTANDIDENTIFY IMMERSE REFRAME
  57. 57. UNDERSTANDIDENTIFY IMMERSE REFRAME
  58. 58. IMMERSE
  59. 59. LiamTinkerer  who’s  failing  schoolLiam  is  a  Junior  in  Noble  Street  Charter  high  school.    He’s  the  middle  child  of  three  with  a  full-­‐=me  working  mom.  His  parents  divorced  when  he  was  a  kid,  so  it’s  mostly  just  him,  his  mom  and  two  brothers.Liam  spends  a  lot  of  =me  to  himself.  He  oDen  gets  caught  up  in  his  own  world  and  is  always  fascinated  by  things  around  him.  His  mom  has  yelled  at  him  numerous  =mes  for  taking  apart  their  kitchen  appliances.    What  his  mom  doesn’t  realize  is  that  Liam  is  able  to  put  these  parts  back  and  his  interests  have  even  extended  into  computers.  Liam’s  friends  will  even  bring  him  broken  computers  to  fix  and  re-­‐sell. What might be the experience of Liam working passionately on his “side projects” but also failing school?
  60. 60. NancyExperienced  teacher  seeking  supportNancy  has  been  a  teacher  for  the  last  20  years.  She  loves  what  she  does,  but  knows  she  can  challenge  herself  more.  The  pressure  of  tes=ng  has  zapped  her  crea=vity  and  she  is  nervous  about  integra=ng  new  technology  into  her  curriculum.  The  stakes  are  geLng  higher  for  her  students,  and  she  is  overwhelmed  by  what  it  might  take  to  teach  skills  for  the  new  workplace.She  currently  works  in  a  Chicago  Public  School  where  there  are  no  funds  for  her  to  aNend  conferences,  workshops,  or  pursue  coursework  outside  of  school  hours  to  improve  her  skills  or  expand  her  knowledge.  This  makes  her  lose  steam  in  her  work-­‐-­‐  feeling  undervalued  and  under  s=mulated.   What might be the experience of feeling like professional development for new teaching is overwhelming and inaccessible–– but more needed than ever?
  61. 61. MonicaNursing  student  balancing  familyMonica  is  in  her  first  year  of  Malcolm  X’s  City  College  of  Chicago  nursing  program.  As  a  first  genera=on  college  student,  Monica  is  incredibly  proud  to  be  geLng  her  degree  and  geLng  one  step  closer  to  achieving  the  life  her  parents  moved  to  the  US  for.Monica  loves  nursing  and  having  her  own  apartment  and  is  doing  great  in  class.  Unfortunately  however,  Monica’s  mom  was  just  diagnosed  with  cancer.  Her  father  is    a  full-­‐=me  security  guard  and  works  incredibly  hard  to  support  the  family.Her  already  stretched  lifestyle  of  classes,  independence,  and  work  is  being  pushed  to  the  limits  with  this  new  strain  on  her  family.  She  feels  alone.   What might be the experience of Monica facing the choice to support her family now versus pursuing an education she know will benefit them all in the long run?
  62. 62. What is your user’s journey and wherecould design make a difference?
  63. 63. UNDERSTANDIDENTIFY IMMERSE REFRAME
  64. 64. REFRAME
  65. 65. ect can be too general to solve for in a meaningful way. How can we conserve more water? How can we reduce the amount of water needed to wash dishes in our school’s cafeteria? How can we get cafeteria customers to intuitively scrape their plates? Ideate!
  66. 66. Prototype
  67. 67. IMPACT
  68. 68. PITCH
  69. 69. Act Fearlessly
  70. 70. Thank youMelaniemkahl@cannondesign.com@melaniekahl@thethirdteacherwww.thethirdteacherplus.comSamisami@designforamerica.comnorthwestern@designforamerica.com@design4americawww.designforamerica.com

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