Pre-millennial professionals often marginalize and mock the simplicity, diversity, democracy, and cordiality inherent in Design Thinking as a reflection of its limited scope and depth; branding its current dynamic virility as coincidental - a fad that will end shortly; here we invite them to visit the Toolkit Project and re-think their opinion.
Like “Agile,” a few years ago, Design Thinking is a nimble, digital technology and robust community supported, re-contextualizing and collaboration ecosystem. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) acknowledges the infusion of design thinking as a skillset for “new and emerging occupations,” will drive the U.S. labor markets to offer higher mean incomes by 13% between now and 2020.
The race is on across the millennial scholastic spectrum to embrace design thinking- no doubt about that. It is after all, a dog-eat-dog world! And, all not favoring to be onboard, and navigating through ambiguity, clutter, noisy verbosity, and risk, are seriously overestimating their abilities to understand, define and promote the value-spectrum of their idea, innovation, or strategy. The Silos are coming down!
Design thought leadership is democratising and leveling the ideation to innovation and iterated implementation field. Where competition is playing to win with new ideas, products, services and skillsets, design thinking has emerged and dominated as the premier toolkit (Toolkit Project) and canvas ( Blankcanvas) to proactively “fail-fast” and achieve the “new.”
Yes, there is the lively academic debate over definition and position of design thinking as the fuzzy antecedent or the symbiotic flip-side of the coin to design doing? Setting aside ample room for the inevitable semantic diffusion, it’s noted that exemplar design thinking is skewed favorably towards research, analysis, and ideation; design doing favors prototyping, refining and testing. However, “a rose by any other name is still the same.”
Some traditional pundits and practitioners have built ample legacy fanfare and industry fellowship to buffer and brave the chills of disruptive design thinking storms; mitigating risk with long-term conventions and dogmatic methods. However, very soon, their best product and service offering will only secure their rights to compete in fluid markets - not lead them!
The end of design thinking as a fad is for certain! Design thinking is now mainstreaming, it’s viral; it’s disrupting the status quo, getting battle-hardened, and It’s here to play! Game-On!
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