A lesson in design thinking

Washington, District of Columbia

Photo taken at: Washington, District of Columbia

During a design thinking workshop today, we had an exercise where one person wrote down a statement, had the person next to them draw out the statement and then gave the picture to someone else to interpret as a statement. The new statement was then drawn out again by a new and different person. The statements and drawings were then compared. The outcome of this exercise was completely fascinating.

The point of this exercise was to show how crucial it is to understand the true problem or true idea or true initiative before action is taken toward something. Interpretations can be way off.

Here is one example, what I drew when someone wrote “Love yourself.” I didn’t realize I was drawing a narcissist. What should loving yourself look like in a drawing anyway?

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