I enjoyed reading all the anecdotes/examples included in Design Thinking for Social Innovation. Examples like Shanti and the inconveniences associated with the water treatment plant show just how important it is to incorporate the perspectives of stakeholders/users. It seems to me that successful human-centered design very much relies on the incorporation of the codesigning processes we discussed earlier. The Vietnamese children and VisionSpring examples were also illuminating and demonstrated how much can be learnt from different perspectives/communities.
I also enjoyed the discussion of a “T-shaped person.” I think this describes our group pretty well given how we all come from different backgrounds but are united by an interest in sustainable design and learning about others’ perspectives. As the article points out, interdisciplinary teams can generate a wealth of novel, creative ideas and we should take advantage of this as we move into the design studio next semester.