In my work as an educator and facilitator, I like to use techniques from human-centered design, and design thinking in particular. When I introduce design thinking to people, they are really eager to experience all the benefits, especially the teamwork, the very precise problem identification, and of course the often unique and really effective solutions to problems that the process generates.

However, there is something to be cautious about.

DESIGN THINKING IS A TWO-SIDED COIN

The process is on one side and the other is the culture in which the process operates. The culture side is very important, sometimes even more important than the process. You can’t separate process from culture to get the results you really want.

There are four key cultural elements:

  1. Optimism—to be able to imagine a more effective future than the current state.
  2. Courage—to color outside the lines and experiment.
  3. Equality—the ability to work together as equals, leaving behind hierarchy.
  4. Collaboration—the ability to work effectively together and co-create

Those four elements are the oil that makes a machine work. They’re the magic in the process. If you’re interested in design thinking, I encourage you to experiment with it and to explore it. Keep in mind, however, that the cultural elements need to be attended to and be consciously created and facilitated to get the full results of the process.

David loves the field of adult learning because it provides an opportunity for him to help individuals and teams move closer to reaching their goals and full potential. After more than 15 years working with non-governmental organizations and the higher education sector, David is now focusing his efforts on social/peer-to-peer learning and social innovation.

By facilitating meetings, workshops, hosting webinars and podcast, and designing conferences, David creates opportunities for sharing, communication, reflection, learning and co-creation. He aims to create learning experiences and to recognize the unique gifts that participants bring to a gathering. He wants to help you find your solutions.

Collaborating on meaningful projects energizes David, particularly when values and interests are shared in areas such as, creativity, innovation, experimentation, optimism, generosity, courage, life long learning, learning from other disciplines, synergy, co-creation and learning from failure.

All of David’s work is grounded in years of experience, continuous life-long learning and formal education. He is a graduate from the University of Guelph (BSc and MSc), St Francis Xavier University (Adult Education Certificate), he earned his Foundations in Design Thinking certificate from IDEO-U in 2017 and is a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) through The Institute for Performance and Learning (I4PL). He also serves as the Chair for the I4PL Ottawa-Gatineau Chapter. Over the last 20 years he has worked and volunteered in Canada, Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, Italy and Vietnam.

David loves the field of adult learning because it provides an opportunity for him to help individuals and teams move closer to reaching their goals and full potential. After more than 15 years working with non-governmental organizations and the higher education sector, David is now focusing his efforts on social/peer-to-peer learning and social innovation. By facilitating meetings, workshops, hosting webinars and podcast, and designing conferences, David creates opportunities for sharing, communication, reflection, learning and co-creation. He aims to create learning experiences and to recognize the unique gifts that participants bring to a gathering. He wants to help you find your solutions. Collaborating on meaningful projects energizes David, particularly when values and interests are shared in areas such as, creativity, innovation, experimentation, optimism, generosity, courage, life long learning, learning from other disciplines, synergy, co-creation and learning from failure. All of David’s work is grounded in years of experience, continuous life-long learning and formal education. He is a graduate from the University of Guelph (BSc and MSc), St Francis Xavier University (Adult Education Certificate), he earned his Foundations in Design Thinking certificate from IDEO-U in 2017 and is a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) through The Institute for Performance and Learning (I4PL). He also serves as the Chair for the I4PL Ottawa-Gatineau Chapter. Over the last 20 years he has worked and volunteered in Canada, Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, Italy and Vietnam.

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