I took part in Human-centered Design online course in Feb-Apr 2015. We were asked to form a team with at least four members in it, at the maximum six. Our team SID Inspired consisted of six students studying Service Design at Laurea University of Applied Sciences. The diversity is better if there are more people involved in the team work. But if the team is too big, the scheduling and decision making gets too complicated. We all knew each other and we share the same interest in Service Design so the project work worked well.
The course was free of charge and it was organized by the company NovoEd that delivers online courses in an online learning environment. The instructor of the course was IDEO.org. It is a nonprofit design organization that works to empower the poor. IDEO.org works to create solutions to poverty-related challenges and it inspires and enables others to bring a human-centered design approach to their own work. +Acumen courses were launched in 2013 to share IDEO.org’s leadership training and insights from the field. +Acumen’s vision is to provide thousands of leaders around the world with the skills and moral imagination they need to become more effective at changing the way the world tackles poverty.
The Course for Human-Centered Design is a seven-week course that introduces participants to human-centered design and ways to create innovative solutions. It was created to reach people who are not familiar to human-centered design, so no prior experience was required. During the course we learnt to use methods of human-centered design and got hands-on experience on prototyping and testing solutions. Continue reading
Where do ideas come from?
Creativity is looked at as the engine to bring ideas, but also most of us think creativity is an epiphany, where some will get it, while others will not!
What if I told that creativity is something that every one of us can learn, its only a matter to understanding its underlying framework and how to unlock it.
Creativity is more than imagination!
How can we understand creativity as persons and how can we enable it in the world we live in? This is the topic of this fascinating course provided by Tina Seelig the Stanford professor, who has spent the last 13 years or so looking for the answer to the question, how we can unlock creativity?
Most of the efforts in the course where in the psychical group sessions (+videos) as we have formulated as team of 5 from the same location to carry on the assignments. The team was called Alien Team, just in case we pumped in the name below 🙂
5 + 5 = ?
Can you solve this equations? The answer may be obvious as we learned in school that there is only one right answer to this problem, but what if we looked at the equation in this way (? + ? = 10)! Suddenly we have infinite numbers of answers that we can suggest!
What happen is that we have changed our perspective of the problem and this helped spared our imagination.
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The innovation engine
Sustainable healthy life is basic human necessity. We all want to live healthy, stay health and to be healthy.
Healthcare is one of the aspects that can help us achieve the healthy living we look for as civilized modern citizens. We all imagine a healthcare system that is accessible, affordable, efficient with less human errors, less medication errors, better treatment / diagnostic methods and better ways of personalizing the whole healthcare experience for us as individuals.
That been said, the reality differ from the expectations! The healthcare systems today has many challenges that may seem paralyzing and very hard to overcome, but from an innovators point of view we need to see the elephant in the room, we need to see the opportunity for innovation in healthcare from the lens of these challenges, as always, the bigger the challenge, the bigger the return will be!
The Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) aim to assist individuals and/or small teams in the identification, development, and promotion of products, processes, and procedures that address the healthcare system needs, by providing a framework for innovation and entrepreneurship in healthcare.
Games have been always known for their immersive and engaging experiences. These experiences normally challenge players to spend huge amount of time and efforts playing games, in return of gaining that sense of pleasure, mastery and progression that games generate in the player mind.
Building on the strength of games, the term gamifiaciton have been coined where businesses have started applying game thinking, design and tools in non-game contexts for the sake of achieving certain business objectives.
The business objectives from gamifiaciton can vary from increasing customer engagement, building relationships with customers, creating more joyful brand experiences and last but not least influencing and changing customer behaviors.
At its core, gamifiaciton is the same when it comes to the thinking, tools and methods with the difference is why it’s applied and where it’s applied, when comparing it to games.
The aim of this post is to walk you through a brief introduction on gamifiaciton and how it can be used as way to design engaging experiences. The knowledge provided here is based on the material provided in an online Massive Online Open Course (MOOC), which was provided by Coursera on the topic.