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In the summer of 2013, I helped the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation spearhead a project that aimed to answer the question, "What makes Millennials tick?" Our goal was to implement a design-think perspective to discover what contributes to the healt

In the summer of 2013, I helped the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation spearhead a project that aimed to answer the question, "What makes Millennials tick?" Our goal was to implement a design-think perspective to discover what contributes to the healt

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Gabe commented on Preflight: Real-world challenges in the classroom

Hi Gavin,

I know you've heard this a million times by now, but I'm going to make it a million-and-one: those experience maps are great! One struggle with design-thinking is getting into the groove as to how to do it. Sure, it is understood that design-think is an empathetic value-creation process, but how does one apply this? Stanford D-School does a really cool introductory workshop that prompts participants to team up with another stranger, and then the two strangers are led through a series of value-creation questions based on a past experience e.g. "Think about the last time you gave a gift. Whom did you give it to? Why did you choose that gift? What is your relationship with that person? What traits do you admire most about that person?" The workshop is fast-paced and forces participants to draw solutions as opposed to writing them (to enhance the creative process). This could be a crash-course that the teacher runs with his/her students before diving into the industry-professional's problem. I know the video is a little long, but it is a wonderful experience that I really enjoyed when I did it. The link is below:

http://dschool.stanford.edu/crash-course-video/

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Gabe commented on Preflight: Real-world challenges in the classroom

I think a great idea of scaling this idea would be to encourage more entrepreneurs-in-residence and adjunct professors/teachers to educate at the high school level. More often than not, many of these entrepreneurs serve as members of certain boards and coalitions, so to create a two-way street in which (1) work/projects can be brought to students and (2) students can provide input/insight/completed-projects to businesses would be beneficial to both parties involved

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Gabe commented on Preflight: Real-world challenges in the classroom

Hey Gavin,

The classes in which we consulted for real-life organizations were all through one professor at my college, and they were my favorite classes that I took while in undergrad. In one of my marketing classes with her, I was on a team of 3 other students that consulted for a local arts guild non-profit, and we designed and implemented a new strategic marketing plan. In another class I had with her, I consulted on a team with 3 others to write a grant that obtained funding for a cultural immersions educational program between school districts in the Midwest and at-risk youth in Afghanistan. In another class, we were to implement and innovate a social media campaign for a non-profit (mine was the local area united way).

Many of the organizations we worked with were non-profits, which i think was for two reasons: (1) they needed strategic advisement and (2) they were open to collaborating with and receiving advice from "amateurs."

I would be humbled and excited to be on your team. I like your vision and initiative, and I think you'd be a great person to collaborate with!