Innovation through Design Thinking with Creativity HA 2023

Course Available in: Santiago, Chile or Sao Paulo, Brazil

Innovation through Design Thinking and Creativity

Can creativity be learned? Design thinking takes the complex challenge of generating creative ideas by breaking down the process into simple, discreet steps that build on each other to rapidly create appropriate and innovative solutions.  Empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test, and implement. These six phases, the fundamentals of design thinking, are the core concepts of this course. Using these techniques, small teams of students will explore selected issues and projects that invite innovative collaboration while simultaneously encouraging independent decision making. Our case studies include such innovation icons as the iPhone, GPS systems, applications of lasers, along with the expanding fields of medical technology, autonomous vehicles, and 3D printing. Design Thinking is versatile - embracing skills can be applied to nearly any context ranging from educational goals to social interactions. Students will leave this class with a firm understanding not only of “What Is Design Thinking?” but also how these “human centered” techniques, and collaborative teamwork relate to our lives today.

January 16 – 27, 2023 (Monday to Friday)

From 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

In-person in your country

Joel Simon

MS, Stanford University

After earning three degrees at Stanford, including a master’s degree in Product Design Engineering, Joel teamed up with the Stanford Alumni Association to collaboratively create and design educational group tours spanning the globe. This expertise, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit, led Joel to create Sea for Yourself, Inc. a specialized travel company representing Joel’s passion for travel, marine biology, photography, and Design Thinking!  His company is the very first featuring snorkeling as a “human-centered” approach to better understand the conservation and climate change issues facing marine environments and coastal communities worldwide. For the past 12 years, Joel has been creating and teaching unique curricula in Visual Literacy, Design Thinking, and Digital Imagery at Stanford University.  Joel’s photographs and articles have been published in many major publications including Vanity Fair, Sunset Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Stanford Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Joel was also an editor at Skin Diver Magazine, has written and published many travel-related articles and short stories, and frequently lectures on Design Thinking, Travel Photography, and Underwater Photography.