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An active learning approach to design thinking

Design thinking supports better ways of working by revealing creative options for moving forward.

Active learning (vs. passive learning) is a mindful approach to leveraging everyday on-job experience. When combined with design thinking, we have a powerful approach to continuous development of our capabilities.

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As the integration of robots and machine learning grows in every kind of job, human-centric skills are gaining importance. We know that ‘soft skills’ such as critical thinking, judgment and decision-making are the hardest to teach.

However, design thinking offers an optimistic, assets-based approach to learning by encouraging our natural human curiosity. In essence, we can learn to design our way through messy situations at work—while more easily staying one step ahead of the robots.

Here’s a slide summary of these concepts:

-Sharon VanderKaay