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Some Design Thinking Practices I use

Design thinking is an approach to problem-solving that emphasizes empathy, creativity, and iteration. It is a powerful tool for working with communities to understand their needs and develop solutions that meet those needs.

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Human-centered design

Human-centered design is an approach to problem-solving that prioritizes the needs and perspectives of the people who will use the solutions. It involves empathizing with users to understand their needs, defining the problem from their perspective, ideating and prototyping solutions, and testing them with users to get feedback and iterate. 


Developing empathy is a key practice in Design Thinking when working with communities. This involves actively listening to community members, understanding their stories, and identifying their needs, desires, and challenges. Empathy allows the participants in a community to gain a deeper understanding of the community and to design solutions that are more effective and meaningful.

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Bias towards action

Design thinking encourages taking action and trying out ideas, even if they are not perfect. This philosophy can be applied to education by creating a culture of experimentation and risk-taking, where students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning and try new things.


Co-creation involves involving the community in the design process by working collaboratively with them to identify problems, ideate solutions, and test prototypes. This practice allows the community to have ownership of the design and to ensure that it is relevant and meaningful to their needs.

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Coordinating action

Coordinating action with the community to implement the design and promote long-term impact and sustainability is important when working with communities. This practice ensures that the design has a meaningful and long-lasting impact on the community.

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