Design Thinking with Viraat

One of the projects pursued this year at our DPS, Hyderabad school club was for the Design for Change challenge.

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Design for Change

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To facilitate the design thinking process of Feel – Imagine – Do – Share, we had a session with Viraat Aryabumi, a design enthusiast and techie from CBIT, Osmania University. Students and Moderators alike teamed up to explore prompts and rapidly prototype solutions to get the creative thinking process started.

Some pictures from the inspiring morning at Lamakaan, Hyderabad

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This exercise gave all the participants a lot more clarity on how to define a problem and work towards a solution. The students finalised their Design for Change as this:12108101_978747968833444_2423170102517414686_n

DFC Project

A school-wide forum was created as a solution. It is being used to share books, electronics, and other items amongst a known community.

This project was submitted as an entry for the 2015 Design for Change India challenge.

These were Viraat’s reflections from his role as a Project Mentor:

Design thinking isn’t a set of principles or codes that you strictly follow. It’s a way of living. Many people often mistake design to mean aesthetics. That’s incorrect. Design is functionality – “how it works”. Here “it” could be anything. That’s the beauty of design thinking. You can apply it to any part of your life (if you have an hour or two free, do check out the crash course at the Stanford Design school). 

The aim of the workshop was to introduce the kids to Design thinking as a process that can be applied to any problem that they see in society. We also wanted to help them come up with ideas to participate in the Design For Change competition. It was great fun watching the kids absorb the simple yet powerful thoughts on design. 
The students came up with 4 ideas that they thought were pressing. They followed a process similar to FIDS (feel, imagine, do, share) while coming up with their solutions. They chose a brilliantly simple solution to a problem that everybody identified with, and built a community of people who were willing to share with others the stuff they didn’t need, and take their first steps towards a sharing economy, as opposed to a consumption economy. 

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