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Design Thinking

Design thinking is a process, a set of skills and mind-sets that help people solve problems through novel solutions. It is a constellation of tools and methods that can be put to work in many situations. Products of design thinking can include new things, new structures, new ideas, and new ways to communicate and work. It is about learning to be conceptual, and acting practically, in changing some piece of the world for the better.

There are many versions of design thinking, but most involve a user-centered, empathy-driven approach aimed at creating solutions through gaining insight into people’s needs. It also involves creating conceptual (and sometimes working) prototypes that are improved through feedback and testing with end users. It is relevant to out-of-school learning because its ...

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