‘Design Thinking’ is changing the way we approach problems

Why researchers in various disciplines are using the principles of design to solve problems big and small.

“Design is an iterative process – we make, and evaluate, and even by making we change our understanding [of the process]. Even a perfect design changes when it’s put into practice”. This process of designing, making, evaluating and then changing can happen dozens, even hundreds, of times on a single project.

Design thinkers often speak of “human-centered design” and “social innovation,” concepts that flow from DT’s assertion that no single person has the answer to a complex problem. Instead, it focuses on collective goals and places a premium on sustainability, community, culture and the empowerment of people. “It means you go about your problem-solving in a more holistic way. We can say ‘human-centered,’ but it’s actually ‘life-centered”. “Our brand of design thinking is amenable to working within social systems and improving the lot of communities.”


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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