These tools make the same 5 questions accessible for different people and moments.
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Ela Ben-Ur coaches an entrepreneur/leadership development professional in seeing his landscape of challenges (4 min), building the Innovators' Compass from his own experiences (9 min), and using it on a personal challenge (22 min). Thanks to filmaker Gregory Mang for donating his time!
The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, the new graduate school of education in partnership with MIT, has chosen to use design, practiced using Innovators' Compass, as a central competency. See Dan Coleman, Chief Learning Officer, and their cohort of teaching students in action!
Two beautiful videos (here and here) about Garrett Mason's incredible human-centered-design work with CorpsAfrica in Malawi. Each gives a lovely little shout-out to the compass, which Garrett used as an over-arching tool, complemented by other human-centered design tools like empathy maps.
Dawn McWilliams and Mitch Davis, Principal and Assistant Principal of an elemtary charter school in Aurora, CO, walk through Compasses made by their teachers to collaborate on school culture topics, and with students resolving a conflict in the school office.
Garrett Mason describes his work using the Compass in Africa to give local trainees a framework to connect all the human-centered design tools they learn, and to structure their community-based project work.
Miami teacher Valeria Rodriguez shows Compass templates she gives her students to help them express their understanding at the start and end of science projects, and that she creates to support collaborative conversations with parents at conference time.
Dawan Stanford, Director of Design Thinking at Elon University and I talk about making Design Thinking accessible.
Bogata-based educator Chris Davis got curious at the end of SXSW Edu in March 2017 about the background of design thinking and my work, and asked me to sit and chat with him for his podcast. Note: the sound dramatically improves at 16:08.
Recorded in August 2015 for their Results May Vary podcast about what would happen if we used Design Thinking in our daily lives, Tracy Deluca and Chris Waugh ask great questions about the development of the compass. While it has evolved considerably since, the discussion is great and the core questions still hold.
I'm honored to have the last chapter "Developing Portable, Powerful Design Thinking: The Innovators' Compass" in the book Taking Design Thinking To School edited by Shelley Goldman and Zaza Kabayadondo of Stanford University’s Research in Education and Design Lab (Routledge, November 2016). I can't post it here, but will happily send you a copy.
Tara Martin's wonderful book about using our human technology to educate includes a chapter about how she adapted and used the Compass to understand and support educators when she began as an administrator. Thank you for educating from the heart, Tara, and enabling people to do so—including with Innovators' Compass!
Short blog post with practical tips, written for the design collaboration platform Mural.ly (online sticky notes!), which has kindly included the Compass as one of its framework templates (along with Business Model Canvass, Empathy Maps, and others).
In response to Nicola Chin's thoughtful questions, including: Tell me about your passion project? Who's shoulders are you standing on? Your greatest learning? Challenge? Fear? Risk? Fun? How are you organizing people for this project?
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