Design

A whole new way of thinking

by Marty Crossland on January 20, 2010

Author and speaker Daniel Pink has completed some very provocative work on trends in business and the economy. He is a hugely entertaining speaker, especially when he shares that he was a woefully unsuccessful student in law school. Dan shares three macro-level drivers of 21st century careers:

  • Abundance
  • Asia
  • Automation

This talk was delivered around 2006 while promoting his book, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. I have watched it multiple times, and it has profoundly affected how I think about how we should be planning our learning and our careers for the future. For us as educators, it should really spark discussion about what a higher education general education curriculum should look like. Ask yourself questions like these:”What types of careers will American students need to be prepared for in five or ten years?” “How do we identify the proper learning outcomes and the teaching methods to ensure our students are achieving them?” “What assessment methods and tools will allow us to measure student progress toward these outcomes?”


Once you’ve finished the presentation, watch this ten-minute question and answer session with Mr. Pink:

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From Design to Design Thinking

by Marty Crossland on November 5, 2009

I have recently become an amateur student of design. I am trying to build the concepts of design, and now design thinking, into the courses I create and teach for my students.

Author and designer Tim Brown recently address the TED conference (www.ted.com) on the idea of moving from “design” (focusing on creating things) to “design thinking” (creating important ideas about problems and opportunities) by employing the tools and processes of design to human problems and human needs. I hope you enjoy this 18-minute video as much as I did.

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