Start a New Challenge

Like anything, honing your design thinking skills comes from practice. Now that you've experienced the full gamut of activities, resources, and tools, you can continue to use TD4Ed to continue your personal learning and professional development. Tackle a new challenge with one or two of these focuses in mind.

Tackle a larger challenge

Now that you have the full experience of the TD4Ed program under your belt, you have a better understanding of the types of challenges the design thinking approach is best at solving. Leverage your learnings to tackle a new, bigger, and more complex challenge.

If you're the leader for your project, congratulations on keeping your team motivated and moving forward! Now that you've finished this project, you can lead a new one.

If you were not the leader for your project, now you have the experience and know-how to lead a new team. Build one of your own that you can guide through the program.

Become an advocate

Design thinking as a problem-solving tool is becoming more well-known in the education domain, but it still has a long way to go. Become an advocate by training others in its use - whether that's your colleagues, your administration, or your students. If you can, connect with other design thinkers who are nearby to share best practices, resources, and ideas.

Develop your creative problem-solving skills

With repeated use of the design thinking methodology to problem-solving, you can continue to build your capacity to see your world through a new lens. As you learn, creating change becomes less about the direct outcome and more about the process. Be intentional about building the following skills, which are integral to evolving your creative problem-solving skillset:

  1. Empathy: Understanding experiences, focusing on human values, and need-finding for the people that matter most to the problem you’re solving.
  2. Creativity: Creativity is something you practice, by continually coming up with and trying out new ideas.
  3. Collaboration: Celebrating diversity of perspectives and expertise. Creating cross-disciplinary teams that enhance your creativity and capacity.
  4. Experimentation: Testing your assumptions - ideas should start as a hypothesis to be validated. Engage real people with your low-fidelity prototypes and refine… again and again and again.
  5. Embracing Failure: Having a bias towards action to try things out. Understanding that failure isn’t the end - but rather one of the best learning experiences you have.
  6. Visualization and Storytelling: Be visual in what you do and explain the wider story - not only the “what” and the “how”, but also the “why”.

We encourage you to continue your learning journey by bringing the skills and the mindsets you’ve developed into your everyday practice!

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