Guide to Design Thinking for creative and sustainable problem solving

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Would you like to enhance your work and accomplishments by making them more engaging? Are you a person looking for creative solutions to deal with your daily tasks?

The partnership of D.THINKING, to put into practice innovative approaches that answer these questions, met on June 6 and 7, 2023 at CESIE in Palermo. The event was attended by collaboratorз from different European countries (Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Italy, North Macedonia) who delved into the Design Thinking process in co-design. In particular, the meeting aimed to reflect on the cornerstones of the Design Thinking process, and how it can be made increasingly engaging and effective.

When to use Design Thinking?

Design Thinking is a design model aimed at solving complex problems through creative vision and management.

If you have a problem to solve, or a challenge to face, and lack the information you need to overcome it, rely on Design Thinking! This innovative approach can be used in a variety of areas: including to deepen a topic, to break down stereotypes, and to encourage empathy among those participating in activities. Most importantly, Design Thinking ensures sustainable and innovative resolution of practical problems that may arise during the performance of daily tasks.

How is Design Thinking structured?

Design Thinking involves multiple stages:

  • Understanding
  • Observation
  • Synthesis/POV
  • Ideation
  • Prototype
  • Experimentation

The first three stages of the process are devoted to establishing the challenge to be overcome, while the other three stages are devoted to finding a solution to the challenge. So, through a participatory method based on brainstorming, they proceed in identifying the problem and then addressing it.

During the meeting, the partnership challenged each other in putting Design Thinking into practice with the goal of establishing a common design path. Lз facilitators of the activity played an important role as they enabled those who participated to navigate the steps of Design Thinking. At the conclusion of the event, the partnership was in agreement on some valuable aspects of Design Thinking: the high involvement of theз participants and the usefulness of the process itself.

If you are interested in learning more about the Design Thinking process for use in your work context follow D.THINKING news on Facebook or by contacting Giuseppe Romeo: giuseppe.romeo@cesie.org.

About the project

D.THINKING – Design Thinking for social inclusion is a project funded by Erasmus+: Azione chiave 2- Cooperation partnerships in adult education

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Contact Giuseppe Romeo: giuseppe.romeo@cesie.org.

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