David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence | via TED

  

Is your school or workplace divided into “creatives” versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create… (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

David Kelley’s company IDEO helped create many icons of the digital generation — but what matters even more to him is unlocking the creative potential of people and organizations to innovate routinely.

OpenIDEO – How might we restore vibrancy in cities and regions facing economic decline?

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Challenge Brief
OpenIDEO has partnered with Steelcase to explore the topic of revitalising struggling cities around the world. Together we’re looking to design solutions – from entrepreneurship and education to community mobilisation and campaigns – that reinvigorate and help restore areas facing economic decline, population loss, unemployment and erosion of social/civic services or other critical issues. As our global economies become more intertwined and interconnected, we have a unique opportunity to consider ways that we can each bring vibrancy and prosperity to our own neighborhoods, towns and cities.
This year our global population reached the 7 billion mark – an historic milestone that brings with it new questions of economic, social and environmental sustainability. With over 50% of that 7 billion now living in cities, unprecedented strain is being placed on our urban centers to adapt and innovate, to absorb newcomers or redefine their boundaries, and to continue to support and enable opportunities for their residents.

The Scale of the Problem
Many communities around the world, including Detroit, Michigan; Madrid, Spain; Athens, Greece; and others, currently find themselves struggling with issues like loss of industry, rising unemployment, increased cost of living and decreased access to city services. For example, after a precipitous decline from prosperity in the 1970s and 80s, revitalisation efforts in Detroit have faced an uphill battle. Despite encouraging signs, the latest city census revealed a 25% population loss to surrounding suburbs, which has had severe economic, cultural and sociological consequences.

The Potential for Revitalisation
Nonetheless, for all of their struggles, these regions and communities are brimming with potential. In fact, many efforts – some of them grassroots, some more formalised – are currently underway to mobilise residents, reconnect communities, identify entrepreneurial opportunities, and infuse new economic growth in cities and areas around the world.
Now’s our chance to identify the economic, cultural, social or environmental levers we can pull to usher in the vibrancy and prosperity these areas need to thrive. Steelcase and OpenIDEO are excited to tackle this question with our global community because we believe that the concepts we create together will be relevant to engaged citizens everywhere who want to bring vibrancy to their own areas. So whether we’re in Detroit or Dublin or Dubai, let’s put our heads together to create solutions that bring renewed energy and resources to our own communities.

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Human-Centered Design Toolkit | IDEO

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A free innovation guide for social enterprises and NGOs worldwide

For years, businesses have used human-centered design to develop innovative solutions. Why not apply the same approach to overcome challenges in the nonprofit world?

This project, funded by International Development Enterprise (IDE) as part of a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, sought to provide NGOs and social enterprises with the tools to do just that. IDEO, in collaboration with nonprofit groups ICRW and Heifer International, developed the HCD Toolkit to help international staff and volunteers understand a community’s needs in new ways, find innovative solutions to meet those needs, and deliver solutions with financial sustainability in mind.

The HCD Toolkit was designed specifically for NGOs and social enterprises that work with impoverished communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The free kit, available for download here, walks users through the human-centered design process and supports them in activities such as building listening skills, running workshops, and implementing ideas. The process has led to innovations such as the HeartStart defibrillator, CleanWell natural antibacterial products, and the Blood Donor System for the Red Cross—all of which have enhanced the lives of millions of people.

The HCD toolkit has been used by organizations throughout the developing world, including Acumen Fund, AyurVAID, Heifer International, ICRW, IDE, Micro Drip, and VisionSpring.

“Many thanks to IDEO for their Human-Centered Design Toolkit, which served as a guide for our work.”—Joel Montgomery, 2009 Acumen Fund fellow working on the Micro Drip irrigation system in Pakistan

“An impressive study intended to create a common language around designing for social impact. Most impressive, though, is that the entire body of work is available to all via free downloads.” —John Barratt, IDSA President and Teague CEO

“The HCD Toolkit is probably the most insightful document I have come across within the HCD/interaction design industry.”—Majid Mirza, Micro Drip, Pakistan