Why Design Learning
Design skills are the differentiator for the future
The world is slowly moved towards a design-led experience economy.
As the world is swamped with sophisticated Artificial Intelligence and ever-present technology; human skills - compassion, empathy, collaboration and community building —will come to define the competitive edge of human workers and organizations.
In the coming decades, design as a profession will continue to blend with various industries to create hybrid industries which would be experience-led and would require design and problem solving skills.
There will be a greater need for humans educated in design language and thinking, who can weave together interaction, emotions, visual and code to solve unseen, unknown 21st-century problems.
Leaders of tomorrow will need to come equipped with high Design Quotient to design future solution and navigation to success through uncertainty and ambiguity.
Leaders of tomorrow will need design thinking and skills to navigation through uncertainty and ambiguity to arrive at a state of success.
But still less than 0.5% have access to design learning in schools and universities.
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Interest in the industry and academia has grown remarkably over the last two decade in design thinking as the world embraced technology.
It is a reflection of the fact that Design Thinking has been shown to increase understanding in core subject areas as well as build cognitive and social skills. Student of design learning and thinking gain critical thinking and problem solving skills which are reported by Fortune 500 CEO’s to be among the top ten most valued characteristics in an employee.
But few have access to design learning and design education is still very elitist and elusive. Even in affluent countries, less than 0.5% students have access to design learning in schools and universities, whereas there is a need to pervasive.
For design thinking to be a life skill, it need to start early on and need to be blended with education system to demonstrate it applicability. The formal school education needs to be infused with design thinking and learning to evolve creative thinkers who can use design thinking to solve these real life and future problems. Though Design Thinking skills can be taught at any grade level - for them to become like skills and to really empower the mindset, it is most important to teach these skills in middle or early high school.
Imagination is more important than knowledge
German Physicist & Nobel Prize winner