We don’t know all the answers, and that’s ok. What we are looking at is how to find answers to specific problems. Design thinking has its origins in the training and the professional practice of designers. That doesn’t mean that it is only for designers.
Design thinking is meant to engage with people on a personal level. I am proudly autistic, and I would love to discuss the challenges I’ve faced with my disability. Relating to people, it’s tough bananas. But, when people take the time to understand me, something magnificent happens. I make a friend, and that friend introduces me to another and another.
Like any good design team, we can have a sense of purpose. I used to think making friends was a singular event in my mind. However, I’ve come to realize, we collaborate and grow with each discussion, and I am now also a friend to each one of those amazing people. We help each other overcome obstacles together. If that isn’t design thinking at its finest, well, I am not sure what is.
Designers work within the constraints of nature and are learning to mimic its elegance, economy, and efficiency. If you don’t believe us, we can introduce you to Scotty. He’s currently working on a Ph.D. in chemistry, and his depiction of the biology of the universe will make you ponder every decision you’ve ever made. He’s intense and awesome!