I work in design… in more than one way.  It’s kinda meta.  Basically I work as an educator and curriculum designer in a design field of study.

I’m not sure how I missed this, but I recently came across some random mention of empathy and design in the same sentence.  Zing!  Lightning strikes!  I have so many ideas and thoughts tumbling out…

I’ve been fascinated with artists and narcissism, creativity and dysfunction, roadblocks and self-defeating behaviours.  I’m designing a course on personal and professional development for designers; I’m examining my own preferences for creative companions, while maintaining a commitment to self-care; I’m questioning with a friend why we chose design rather than art.

A few things to add to the nebulous cloud of ideas:

Ambidextrous thinking – implies thinking with ‘right’ and ‘left’ brains together, as well as thinking with the whole body (in other words, kinesthetic thinking)

Scientific vs. Design thinking – How do we approach problems similarly?  Differently?

Wicked problems – problems that are not only difficult to solve, but difficult to define.  Has me thinking about the Ingenuity Gap.

Characteristics of the designer – Empathetic, curious, creative, left+right brained, optimistic, collaborative

I’m also interested to explore applying design thinking to societal and business problems – truly creative problem solving .  Design thinking leaves room for the muckiness of a wicked problem… and we’ve certainly got a lot of those.

I feel like I need to do some flow-charting….