After working in our group, we met with Trevor Loy. He is an adjunct professor and coach in the STVP program. Our main question for Trevor was how to persuade stakeholders to be more active entrepreneurs or to support entrepreneurial projects. Interestingly enough he is of the opinion that STVP evolved through an entrepreneurial approach itself. Meaning, have an idea like lectures with entrepreneurs, plan it, do it, check it, act upon it and don’t be afraid to kill it in case it is not working. In his opinion, STVP provides the space and opportunities to attract people. An entrepreneurial culture has to evolve by itself and can not be forced on people.
Through his coaching we got many small ideas how to foster an entrepreneurial culture. Anyhow, it seems this approach is a bit in contrast to the classical way organisational projects are done. Maybe the solution is an agile approach like SCRUM with a list of ideas as backlog. Then, take one idea at a time. Anyhow, it seems that the development cycles in organisational projects will be quite long.
Notes from the “Kinaesthetic Design Thinking Workshop” run by Anne Fletcher and Aleta Hayes from the d.school. Todays workshop activity was jointly led by Anne and Aleta that forced all the STVP fellows and staff to actively explore motion, dance, and the physical body as a means to explore human centred design. Through getting all of us to choreograph our signatures with our bodies, arms, legs, belly buttons, head, neck and hips we dived deep into exploring physicality as a means of understanding the needs of users, a key part of design. At the same time we talked about history of d*school and how they organically grew up from a desk into a hallway to a core part of the Stanford (http://dschool.stanford.edu/).
Following the basic philosophy, Design Innovation of the d.school that operates out the convergence of business, technology, and human values we learnt how to reframe our own challenges for the STVP program. What made this workshop so interesting was the combination of moving, thinking and discussing design from the body to the mind focused on exploring how to think differently about our projects in STVP. For the MAH team this was familiar ground since we have a strong and related design philosophy at K3 and the university and it was good to experience how the d.school’s enacts their design innovation in practice, theory, and across the campus.
Off for the weekend…