This year I had the opportunity to be introduced to the concept of design thinking. Design thinking is what architects use to ‘bring into existence that which was once not there’. Design thinking challenges us to know the problem we face (what ‘is’), know the purpose or telos where we are headed (what ‘ought’ to be), and then, by asking how to get there, to form alternative realities to what already exists (design options).
The beautiful thing about design thinking is its focus on the freedom to work without a script and to dream up imaginative new approaches to problems that have stymied others. This, as opposed to analytical thinking, which has obviously been very helpful to society, but is based on a structured logic.