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January 21, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Design Thinking Resources for International Development and Social Innovation

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(Design Thinking Process by IDEO/Stanford)

Design Thinking for Development and Social Innovation
The IDEO and Stanford d-school design thinking tools and resources are pretty invaluable. If you want a crash course in design thinking–I would generally look there for my answers. However, you will find amazing insights and ideas for social innovation and development–and even to refine, re-think, and re-define your practice of design thinking though out the resources I’ve pointed to. If you have any suggestions for other design thinking resources broadly or in international development specifically….feel free to leave a comment.

I should point out that although the title is design thinking in development…its probably more correct to call it “design thinking resources” or “design thinking for social innovation resources.” Given the nature of the tools….they have a wide application across a number of intractable social problems like poverty.

Design Thinking Methodologies
• IDEO/Stanford (see Stanford speeches, books, the Human Centered Design Toolkit, or the HBR article on design thinking)
• Paul Polak/IDE (link)
• Project H (Manifesto link and TED Talk link)

Various Design Thinking Tools and Toolkits:
• Social Innovation Toolkit (link)
• Stanford Design Thinking Bootcamp (link)
• Stanford Design Thinking Methods (link)
• Stanford Design Thinking Virtual Crash Course (link)
• Human Centered Design Toolkit from IDEO (link)
• Human Centered Design Connect (link)
• Design Thinking Method Card App from IDEO (link)
• Design Thinking For Educators (link)
• K12 Design Wiki–More Design Thinking for Educators (link)
• Creative Confidence Tools (link)
• Business Innovation By Design (link)
• Service Design Tools (link)
• Innovation Culture Canvas (link)
• Design Thinking Leadership Toolkit (link)
• Alternatives to Business Model Canvas (link)
• Design Thinking at Darden–Includes Resources (link)
• Design Thinking at CCA/Design MBA Resources (link)

Magazine Articles on Design Thinking as a Practice and Movement:
• Bringing Design Thinking to Social Problems, IDEO Focuses on the People in Need (link)
• Design Thinking at Good Magazine (link)

Articles on Design Thinking and Innovation Methodology
• Design Thinking in Social Innovation (link)
• Design Research Visualization from Reboot (link)
• Design Thinking @ Harvard Business Review (link)
• Design Thinking “Crash course” of Method/Activities (link)
• Four Simple Design Thinking Tools for Leaders (link)
• Design Thinking @ Wikipedia (link)

Design Thinking Videos and TED Talks:
• How to Build Your Creative Confidence (link)
• Tim Brown: Tales of Creativity and Play (link)
• Tim Brown Urges Designers to Think Big (link)
• The Future of Design is Human Centered (link)

Online Courses in Design Thinking
• Design Thinking–Train Yourself to Be More Creative (Stanford Professional Development) (link)
• Strategic Thinking–Design Thinking in Business (Stanford Professional Development (link)
• Design Thinking and The Art of Innovation (link)
• Frameworks for Design Thinking (link)
• Stanford Design Thinking Virtual Crash Course (link)
• Design Thinking and Innovation at Coursera (link)

Design Thinking Infographics and Visualizations:
Design Thinking Visualization from Nueva (link)

Design Thinking & Innovation Books:
• Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom and David Kelley (link)
• The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO’s Strategies for Defeating the Devil’s Advocate and Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization by Tom Kelley (link)
• The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm by Tom Kelley (link)
• Design Thinking for Growth: A Design Thinking Toolkit for Managers by Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie (link)

Note: most of the books around design thinking don’t deal with the persuasion process or leading innovation teams. This is a key issue you may want to research that is a gap in the traditional design thinking literature.

You can read more design thinking articles from Compassion in Politics by clicking on the above link.

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