Let me tease out two ideas. Design is - must be - a communal practice. And many more of us are designers than we might believe. Together, these two ideas might change the way many of use view the work we do and our role in addressing issues of equity and justice. The inspiration for … Continue reading Design must be communal. And we are all designers.
It's the start of 2021 and I bring with me this lesson about being an educator: The job is, with care, to create moments for people to think. I've contemplated this lesson for several years teaching graduate students. The professionals who come to our masters degree program bring significant work experience, and most are working … Continue reading Time to think
I've been back in the classroom this fall and winter, co-teaching MSLOC 430 Creating and Sharing Knowledge. Two things are new. Our program moved to a new community platform - from Jive to SAP Jam. The platform provides the space for both formal and informal engagement with students, faculty, staff and alumni. It is where … Continue reading Learning moments are precious
I have the good fortune to be co-teaching two courses at Northwestern University with the talented Teresa Torres, whose work with teams and leaders in the product world is changing how they connect the dots between user research and product design decisions. We co-lead the Designing for Organizational Effectiveness Certificate program that is part of … Continue reading What pedagogy can teach us about learning and design thinking
Nicole Dessain is a colleague who, among other roles, is founder of DistruptHR Chicago. This past week the organization held its second hackathon event, where a group of 50 people sign up to spend 2.5 hours brainstorming potential ideas to address an organizational challenge. The most recent hackathon focused on how to increase diversity in … Continue reading Practical inquiry, learning and the DisruptHR Chicago Hackathon