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which participants wanted to take this approach into the
classroom and culture of their school.
Design Thinking is more than a process, it’s a mindset. It is about believing
we can make a difference, and having an intentional process in order to
get to new, relevant solutions that create positive impact. It gives you
faith in your creative abilities and a process for transforming difficult
challenges into opportunities for design.
It’s Human-Centered. Design Thinking begins from deep empathy
and understanding of the needs and motivations of people.
It’s Collaborative. Several great minds are always stronger when
solving a challenge than just one.
It’s Optimistic. Design Thinking is the fundamental belief that we
all can create change - no matter how big a problem, how little
time or how small a budget.
It’s Experimental. Design Thinking gives you permission to fail and
to learn from your mistakes, because you come up with new
ideas, get feedback on them, then iterate.
Henry Ford Institute DT Model