Added wings to my innovative thinking: Thanks Stanford University

Design thinking action lab - stanford university

Why design thinking?
When it comes to innovation, I have followed 5 W theory (what, where, how, who, when) in past many years to come with good ideas. Innovation is becoming critical in today’s environment for majority of corporations and I thought of studying this in more conventional manner as part of my ‘Zero Cost MBA(Global Manager for 21st Century)’ project. When I read about this course in one of the newsletter sent by NovoEd, I decided to enroll in it to increase my understanding about this subject in more professional context.

How I arrived at this course?
This course added a lot of value to my conceptualized thinking by giving more simple framework.
The approach; empathizing → defining → finding solution was a very simplified concept to solve any given problem. During my education, I had a course ‘Chemical Product Design’ with steps to design technical processes. This course has given me more generalized format to identify the problems, what exactly the user wants, what may work, what might not work and then brain storming to pick the best solutions. Of course, we all had amazing classmates from around the globe to judge our solutions and to give valuable feedback.

    Experiences with the course

Like my other MOOC courses, I had lot of interesting memories to share about this course too.

  • Communication
  • I have reached more than 1500 people in this course just by going through their assignments. To some I have sent individual messages using course platform, to some I have left a comment on their work. Many times, I have exceed my daily quota of messages and system reminded to wait till the next day. Reading their ideas for design thinking, their innovative assignments and talking to them has been very fascinating.

  • Meeting of similar minds
  • I have met design thinkers from many parts of the world, someone from Brazil using design thinking for improving operations of her non-profit organization, a lady from London using it for Banking, a person from Hong Kong used it for event management purpose and one person from Colombia using it for designing environmental solutions. Where else I could find such mixed flow of ideas?

  • Border less flow of creative ideas
  • I had very interesting discussion with some of the course participants on many different design aspects beyond the requirements of just doing assignments. Creative ideas have never identified any borders and it has been proved again in this course too.

    Interdisciplinary design thinking
    I believe, that we need innovation in every field today. This course has provided simple framework to develop innovative thinking at small as well as at the large scale. Last but not the least, I have merged this framework in my own thinking process on regular basis. I just throw away ideas now whenever I see some opportunity 🙂 Some of my thoughts include designing more leg room in the public transportation buses without affecting the stability, modifying the computer key board to give it more user friendly layout.

    I have even used this in my other specialization like urbanization & environment. Currently I am in Bangalore and I could see lot of pollution around the central Bus stand. I have carefully observed entire idea and just thought planting tress on roof tops of the terminal could reduce it some extent. These are just some examples, I am sharing with you. This course allowed me not to kill my random ideas instantly, instead better to write them and think a bit more before discarding them altogether. This has become one of my best MOOC courses so far. The reason was fairly simple, innovation has no limits and this course aimed to do the same.

    Thank you Stanford University and Prof. Leticia Britos Cavangaro for this wonderful course.

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