There is no such thing as a crazy or far-fetched idea in design-thinking

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As a first semester graduate student, I saw the Fast 48 workshop design-thinking boot camp as the perfect opportunity to meet other students and learn more about the New Orleans community. I came into it with few expectations and an open mind, and as a student with a nonexistent creative background. This proved to be an initial challenge for this design-thinking weekend as I was pushed to break the rigid borders of my comfort zone. This weekend was about having fun and, at times, getting a little crazy with art materials.

Friday night, we had a design crash course where we were partnered up with a stranger to recreate a recent gift giving experience of theirs. Before we knew it, we were probing into the emotional depths of this unfamiliar person. We were to empathize with them and their underlying intentions that influenced the decision of the gift they had given. At first it was rather uncomfortable to pry into this strangers relationship history between them and their receiver, considering I traditionally do not get so invasive with even my closest friends. It proved refreshing as we shared our thoughts back and forth to discover the connections that only previously existed in our own subconscious, but was seemingly obvious from an empathizing outsider.

From this initial step of interviewing to understand through empathy, we followed with brainstorming new innovative ideas that mostly stemmed from a joking suggestion. No idea is too crazy or far fetched, and we were able to see how those that may seem as such, get your creative wheels going and allow you to think of brilliant proposals. Saturday and Sunday we applied this process to a defined problem from our partnered community agency, Broadmoor Development Corporation (BDC). The obstacle for me was “trusting the process” but once I did, I surprised myself when a magnitude of wonderful ideas and the inspiration from where they flowed. I am excited to apply the methods that I encountered to future projects as well as everyday situations.

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