I started reading up on “design think” about a year ago when I picked up Glimmer off the bookself of a Chapters. Because I’m interested in multiple things the concept of having designers tackling problems of various industries really appealed to me. I think the notion of being an engineer in the automotive industry is passe. Why would a smart person want to limit themselves just to that? As Trung Le points out in his article, “Teaching Kids Design Think So They Can Solve The World’s Biggest Problems”,
Future generations will be called to solve some of the most challenging problems ever created and faced by man. Our children must master systems-thinking to envision multiple methods for addressing complex challenges like renewable energy, world hunger, climate change, and ultimately, the design of a better world. They must also possess the compassion to recognize the rising human population and create a world that is inclusive, rather than exclusive.
In the article he describes a design camp they did for young students and the results they found. It’s really interesting and will make you think of what direction you’d like your kids to go. Personally, I think design plus entreprenurism is the way of the future. With design think you combine creativity, engineering, economics and more. I don’t think there is any other applicable skill than that.