“Few skills in P-20 education move from the ‘nice-to-have’ to the ‘need-to-have’ category, but design is one of them.”- Sarabeth Berk, Ph.D.
A study conducted by Intuit in 2010 found that by 2020, “more than 40% of the US workforce will be so-called contingent workers”, which is more than 60 million people (Neuner, 2013). Contingent workers refers to freelancers, consultants, and temps—in other words, people who are creative, entrepreneurial, and who must strategically market their skills.
As someone who has attended two of the nation’s top art schools and moves around creative, educational, and entrepreneurial circles, I understand how to apply a designer’s mind to multiple situations. Design thinking is a process and set of methodologies that helps leaders, teams, and organizations think differently in order to innovate and transform systems, experiences, processes, products, and tools. Any problem can benefit from thinking like a designer. Ultimately, design thinking brings user voice to the forefront of problems, which means more insightful, effective, intuitive, and delightful results for everyone.