5 ways “design thinking” can help you create meaningful changes

“…according to Bernard Roth, a professor of engineering and the academic director of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school) at Stanford University. Roth’s new book, “The Achievement Habit,” outlines how a strategy called “design thinking” can help you create meaningful changes in your life.Design thinking was invented by Roth and other Stanford engineers, and it’s typically used to improve on a specific product or experience, like a lightbulb or online dating. Yet in “The Achievement Habit,” Roth explains how the very same process can be turned inward, helping individuals become happier and more successful.

The book is based on a class Roth has been teaching for nearly half a century, called “The Designer in Society.

“Design thinking is a five-step process:

  1. Empathize: Learn what the issues are.

  2. Define the problem: Which question are you going to answer?

  3. Ideate: Generate possible solutions.

  4. Prototype: Abandon perfection and either build your project or develop a plan.

  5. Test and get feedback from others.Roth says the individual steps aren’t as important as some of the guiding principles behind design thinking: a bias toward action and limited fear of failure. The point of design thinking, according to Roth, is to challenge your automatic thinking and assumptions.”

Source: Stanford professor: Design thinking can help you achieve your goals – Business Insider

Ten Rules of Writing | Literary Hub

Do not write long sentences. A sentence should not have more than 10 or 12 words.Each sentence should make a clear statement. It should add to the statement that went before. A good paragraph is a series of clear, linked statements.

Do not use big words. If your computer tells you that your average word is more than five letters long, there is something wrong. The use of small words compels you to think about what you are writing. Even difficult ideas can be broken down into small words.Never use words whose meanings you are not sure of. If you break this rule you should look for other work.The beginner should avoid using adjectives, except those of color, size and number. Use as few adverbs as possible.Avoid the abstract. Always go for the concrete.Every day, for six months at least, practice writing in this way. Small words; clear, concrete sentences. It may be awkward, but it’s training you in the use of language. It may even be getting rid of the bad language habits you picked up at the university. You may go beyond these rules after you have thoroughly understood and mastered them

Source: Ten Rules of Writing | Literary Hub

Regenerative Development and Design

The emerging field of regenerative development and design marks a significant evolution in the concept and application of sustainability. Practices in sustainable or green design have focused primarily on minimizing damage to the environment and human health, and using resources more efficiently; in effect, slowing down the degradation of earth’s natural systems. Advocates of a regenerative approach to the […]

via Regenerative Development and Design — Learning Sustainability

Loomio founder: 5 Reasons to Build a Network of Small Groups, Rather than a Mass Movement of Individuals 

So much of the lefty US political discourse is focused on a huge scale. Environmentalists want to save the planet. Progressives want to mobilise millions of people on the #OneTrueHashtag. In preparation for this trip, one of my first meetings was with an organisation who are doing great work locally, but they’re freaking out about how they can possibly expand their efforts to encompass a national scale. My advice: don’t waste time growing a nationwide bureaucracy, just stick to what’s working, and publish everything so folks can copy you.

Source: 5 Reasons to Build a Network of Small Groups, Rather than a Mass Movement of Individuals | P2P Foundation

Are Your Job Skills Hot Or Not? This Chart Will Tell You

It is very interesting to see that I’ve organically gravitated to the hot specialty skills (jobs) that will remain in demand.

Pulling out Design as its own graph, the hottest specialty is systems design–which is a broad topic for sure, focusing on developing services and products through a coordinated “systems” approach of development, production, and marketing. The related Systems Architecture follows right behind. After that, you get into technical drafting and CAD, and then, proficiency in Adobe Premiere and the Creative Suite. Web graphics are still in demand, too.

Source: Are Your Job Skills Hot Or Not? This Chart Will Tell You

Ondi Timoner Didn’t Want to Make Documentaries Anymore. Then Came ‘Jungletown’

Super interested in this story.

“What I hope people learn is what I learned from it, which is that there’s a real generation of young people — millennials — who are facing climate disaster and aren’t content with just sitting there,” she said.

But a lot of what viewers will see in “Jungletown” is a breakdown of those romantic ideals. The interns realize that things aren’t as they were advertised. They don’t grow all of their own food, for instance, and it’s unclear exactly where all the money goes. Stice himself doesn’t live in the town but instead travels around getting people to invest money in it. He plays video games — such as “Civilization” and “The Sims” — and buys food from grocery stores. He drives a pickup truck in and out of the town while most have to hike the three miles from the next major area.

Timoner exposes these contrasting ideals, but doesn’t linger on them too long. She acknowledged to TheWrap that she wants to believe in Stice’s mission. She said that most of what we see that can be considered hypocritical is unavoidable, since the town lacks some basic infrastructure.

“There are so many layers and I love that,” Timoner said. “I’m always drawn to stories where there’s a lot of gray area and we get to grapple with how things are versus how we think they should be.”

Source: Ondi Timoner Didn’t Want to Make Documentaries Anymore. Then Came ‘Jungletown’

What a revolution is.

“Revolution doesn’t have to do with smashing something; it has to do with bringing something forth. If you spend all your time thinking about that which you are attacking, then you are negatively bound to it. You have to find the zeal in yourself and bring that out.

Joseph Campbell, “Pathways to Bliss”
(Copyright © 2004 Joseph Campbell Foundation), p. 104

Exiting the Vampire Castle: RIP Mark Fisher 

But the rejection of identitarianism can only be achieved by the re-assertion of class. A left that does not have class at its core can only be a liberal pressure group. Class consciousness is always double: it involves a simultaneous knowledge of the way in which class frames and shapes all experience, and a knowledge of the particular position that we occupy in the class structure. It must be remembered that the aim of our struggle is not recognition by the bourgeoisie, nor even the destruction of the bourgeoisie itself. It is the class structure – a structure that wounds everyone, even those who materially profit from it – that must be destroyed. The interests of the working class are the interests of all; the interests of the bourgeoisie are the interests of capital, which are the interests of no-one. Our struggle must be towards the construction of a new and surprising world, not the preservation of identities shaped and distorted by capital.

Source: Exiting the Vampire Castle | openDemocracy