We should find design thinking opportunities around our block, create a two days on-line collaborative process and change reality in a very short time to prove design thinking actually works on real problems everyone can understand, besides the outcome solution should be the result of this participatory experiment and not just a talk-talk theoretical conversation.
Yes, I agree. We need to escape from all that theory talk.
We have to keep it small and understandable. And I like the 'around our block' approach. I think that we need two things: good cases to work on and people who want to work together share ideas and make a real effort.
I'm down for this approach. One cause that's very dear to my heart is improving the quality of education for inner-city children.
I can begin thinking of developing a project around this. There are people who are working in this arena as well; so there are a few models that I can review.
A class at an elementary school could be chosen, and a project could be developed to engage the students in a design process that build a lasting learning tool/process that they could take with them as they move on in their education. This sounds a bit grandiose, but I feel a small project could be developed.
It's great you're interested in this idea, Arne. Here is a project that has been around for a while doing closely to what I'm thinking (design-thinking) of: http://www.inneractproject.org/.
Maurice Woods, who is a senior designer with San Francisco's Pentagram office was quoted as saying he was setting up an Inneract Project in this area in an 2007 article, but I haven't heard anything about it. He would be great person to get involved with this. Especially if he has begun to sketch out a model. Here's a link to that article-http://bit.ly/VP48B. Scroll down to the Design Meets the Inner City article.
Inneract tends to work with teens. I'm thinking of working with pre-teens. I'm going to attempt to touch base with Maurice this week.
A project group would be good, I think.
Also, since this is not a ground-breaking idea, would that be a problem?