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Design Thinking in South Africa (Ep.7)

While at sea, Daniel Epstein (co-founder of Unreasonable at Sea) and George Kembel (co-founder of Standford’s d.school) teach a class based around design thinking and sustainable entrepreneurship. As part of the curriculum, the class planned a field lab in South Africa. To better understand the course’s teaching about gaining empathy and developing a creative environment to solve massive problems, the class headed to a township outside of Capetown. Although the two youth groups that attended the lab – the youth from the township and the SAS university students – were from different sides of the planet, they still managed to find the common struggles to which they could both relate and attempt to solve.

Could this exercise be a lesson in how we solve massive problems in the world, and more intriguingly, could this be a glimpse at the future of education?

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  • Taylor Schulz

    This is such a great concept! I agree and believe that coming together as one can be the answer to many problems we face in the world. It is amazing to see people from all over the world working together on a common task, in a common setting trying to solve real life problems and obtain answers to common questions. This idea is great and I, personally, would love to experience something similar to this! good work!

  • hasselbemj31

    What a great video to watch! I would love to do something like this. What a great opportunity for these students to do something so amazing like this. It is so great bringing so many different type of people together and figuring out ways to connect when they all live such different lives. They are all different but working on one task together and coming up with one solution. What a great way to learn, create ideas, and meet new people.

  • hasselbemj31

    I agree with you as well. I said things very similar to you. I would love to have experienced this! This just shows just by putting yourself out there and working together things can get accomplished. Just because you grow up in an entire different world does not mean you can not work together and come up with ideas and create innovations. This is something that should happen more often and what our society as a whole needs to start thinking about. We don’t need to fight to solve problems we just need to communicate.