Idea Lab: Design Thinking for Innovation

Innovationship Director Scott Underwood imparts the need for human-centered design thinking

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Idea Lab 1: Design Thinking for Innovation began with the three ways to innovate, “Luck, Vision, and Process.” Underwood’s presentation analyzed the “process” facet of innovation with students, taking them through the cycle of “Define, Act, and Refine.” He advised students to undertake a process broad enough to achieve a larger goal, while narrow enough to identify success.

Allowing ample time to provide insight into the phase of “Act” where four additional components would support the preliminary stage of potential ventures- they were learn, ideate, test, and share. Underwood emphasizes the need for collective intelligence and the power of collaboration to create sustainable products and services. Students gained skills in how to frame and reframe information to gain new perspectives, team-build, and share knowledge.

Interestingly students rediscovered the element of brainstorming, reassessing its processes and decisive role in a project. In the end, its contributions are what lead to sound prototyping where failure is an option. Underwood prepared individuals and groups to minimize risk, and learn within the team. Personal passions mixed with empathetic ventures can then lead to social innovations that address human needs.

Come November 7th, Idea Lab: Social Innovation Bootcamp will provide students a chance to build their capacity in identifying potential opportunities and develop comprehensive ideas using steps of the social innovation process. Furthering their ability to assess factors that jeopardize sustainability and prototype. The workshop will take place Saturday, 10am-3pm in Loma Hall.