1c. Practice: Picking a problem and exploring your assumptions

Picking a problem to focus on

Pick a problem to work on in this course

Throughout this course you’ll get hands-on practice with design thinking by focusing on one of the following example problems:

  1. How might we encourage sustainability by reducing waste on campus?
  2. How might we give back to our neighbors by getting our campus more involved in the local community?
  3. How might we create more transformative leaders by sharing what we’re learning with other students?

We specifically chose these problems to help you explore how you can leverage the resources on your local campus, to make a difference in people's lives. Remember, “give back” is an ethos that can be embodied no matter where you’re located.

Decide which of the problems above you would like to focus on for the rest of the course. Write down the problem so you can reference it as the course continues.

Try it out: Explore your assumptions

  1. ​Come up with 3 initial solutions to the problem you selected.
  2. Capture each idea (as a sketch and brief description) on a separate sheet of paper. 
  3. Make a list of your assumptions about this problem and the people it impacts.

Share and reflect

  1. Join the learning group for the problem you selected.
  2. Share the ideas and assumptions you came up with in this problem-specific learning group.
  3. Take a look at the assumptions other Scholars have shared so far, and comment on any similarities or differences you notice.