Design thinking: Designing your community engagement or Guiding your classes

Date:                    Sunday 25th August

Half Day:              0930-1230

Level:                    Intermediate


  1. Susan Crichton, UBC, Canada
  2. Hanlie Moss, NWU, South Africa
  3. Chrisna Botha-Ravyse, NWU, South Africa

Summary of theme and why it is important:  Design thinking, as a process, encourages participants to develop a positive, proactive and optimistic stance toward addressing complex problems. Design thinking supports divergent, lateral thinking – thinking that promotes and encourages problem finding rather than quick, often short sighted, problem solving. Using design thinking, users come to realize it is possible “…  to creatively attack the world’ s greatest problems and meet people’ s most urgent needs”.
Design thinking is well suited for any question that is complex by nature and wicked. Wicked problems do not refer to mean problems, but rather to problems that seem impossible to solve – problems like many of the United Nation’s Sustainable Millennium Goals.
Having knowledge on how to apply this approach will guide teachers, researchers, department heads all in the way in which they approach various problems they might face.  This valuable tool are often used in business to come up with solutions that are sustainable and easy implemented because it is developed by the people that have or face the problem for themselves.
The team of experts that will be presenting this workshop has hands on expertise in using design thinkin in actual research projects, program renewal, and community based interactions.  

Who should participate in the Pre-Conference Workshop? Teachers, lecturers, researchers, public health policy makers, community intervention teams and NGOs, department heads.

What will they gain from participating?  The participants will experience for themselves the DT process and will have the opportunity to tackle one of their own ‘wicked problems’.  This will empower them to have a valuable technique that they can apply in various areas of their professional lives.  Applying this technique can transform their curriculums, classrooms, research, policy processes into one that leads to innovation and new thinking.  Really getting to the core of the problem providing a real workable solution.

Cost: Euros 90 (includes coffee)

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-conference Workshop participants must also register for AMEE 2019 and pay the conference fee.


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