Design Thinking in Practice
Knowmads Hanoi is Knowmads Amsterdam’s Vietnam-based sister school. There, Teams of students (the Hanoi equivalent of our Tribes) embark on a 6-weekend learning journey through the 5 main questions.
This is the experience of Megan, Knowmads Hanoi Team 9, with the Design Thinking workshop given to Knowmads Hanoi.
This is where you interview different types of people and take the time to really listen to them. It wouldn’t be Knowmads if you didn’t go outside your comfort zone…
For my homework, I had the opportunity to interview 8 different people. This part, by far, was the most amazing part of the Knowmads program for me. I love to make connections with people and this really allowed me to do so in a smart and imaginative way. People love to be listened to, but how often do people actually listen?
I try my best to be an active listener to everyone, but I probably fail more often than I succeed. This opportunity allowed me a purpose to just sit there and listen to what people, who graciously gave me some of their free time, had to say. By the end of both interview sessions, with a few new Facebook friend requests and phone numbers, I felt empowered and energized. One of the interviewees even made a joke and said, “Thank you for the free therapy session.” I encourage anyone who is reading this to go out there and take the time to actually listen to someone. The results may surprise you!
In the morning, we gathered with our groups and shared our findings via post-its and had to form a new question. My team’s question became “How might we use different theater/performance methods to bring confidence and overcome fears of speaking in front of others?”
As usual, most of us seemed nervous about having to approach strangers yet again. My group got lucky: We targeted a group of teenagers, who had many friends. It was quite fun to get out there and interact with people.
Our check-out question, “Who have you learned from in this room?” ended our session on a heart-warming note.
Now, as Knowmads we will continue onto the Evolution stage. How will our products evolve? How will this journey end?
It is hard to believe that we are so close to the end of the program. I have gotten used to waking up early every Saturday to hang out and learn with a group of amazing people.
I will surely miss it when it’s gone.
Want your own Design Thinking experience?
A special Design Thinking Masterclass taught by the talented Valentina Catena will be offered at Knowmads Amsterdam June 25-26. Great to add to your resume.
There are only 4 tickets left for this special workshop! Get them here on Eventbrite!
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