Introduction to Human-Centered Design
So you think you have a solution, but does it truly address the underlying problem? Will those affected actually value and support the solution? Across the country and in the developing world, communities are littered with the best intentions of well-meaning leaders, NGOs, philanthropists, and aspiring social entrepreneurs, whose attempts to solve critical social and environmental problems fall short of their mark, from broken water pumps to clinics filled with unusable medical equipment. How can we draw upon powerful principles of design thinking to come alongside key stakeholders to co-create desirable, feasible, and viable solutions to the world most pressing problems? Join us for an introduction to the principles and methods of "human-centered design" as we consider how to develop context-appropriate solutions informed by user needs and aligned to the circumstances of the broader ecosystems in which they will operate. You'll leave with some tips and tools to ensure that your next "bright idea" is actually worth the energy!