This course focuses on enhancing individual creativity before engaging in the group process of design thinking. Design thinking is an iterative problem-solving process of discovery, ideation, and implementation that utilizes numerous design-based techniques to gain insight into core drivers of human behavior. Once such awareness is developed it becomes a foundation from which innovative solutions for virtually any type of organizational or business challenge are developed. At the heart of this approach is a deep sensitivity to the needs of people, so that innovations that result from the process are meaningfully used, and lead to positive desired outcomes for individuals, organizations, and society. The course concludes with exploration into organizational factors that impact creativity, as well as individual level strategies that can enable people to be more productive in creative contexts.
Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017