How to Develop an Empathic Approach

Great article from The Interactive Design Foundation with ideas on how to be an empathic observer, learning how to understand body language, gaining an empathic understanding of people, conducting an interview with empathy, and building empathy with analogies.

Full article here: https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/how-to-develop-an-empathic-approach-in-design-thinking

How To Be A Poet

“How To Be A Poet (To Remind Myself)”
by Wendell Berry

Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill—more of each
than you have—inspiration,
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity. Any readers
who like your work,
doubt their judgment.

Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensional life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.

Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.

From Parker Palmer’s post on OnBeing true words “But it’s not for poets only. It’s really about how to be a human being.” https://onbeing.org/blog/parker-palmer-how-to-be-a-poet/

STOP Stress in Its Tracks

1. Stop: Get comfortable in the position you’re in, almost as if you’re relaxing into this moment.

2. Breathe: Take a few deep breaths, and as you’re taking these breaths, see if you can pay attention to the sensation of the breath coming in and the sensation of the breath going out as if this was the first time you’ve ever noticed this breath before.

3. Observe: Begin to observe your experience right now in this moment. This includes your body, your emotions, and your thoughts. Beginning with the body, notice the position of your body and gently scan the body to notice any sensations that are there, being aware of any emotions that are present, too—if there’s a sense of calm or restlessness, or neutral emotion of some kind. Become aware of if the mind is able to focus in this moment, or if it’s off distracted in the future, or the past. If need be, gently guide the mind back to this moment.

4. Proceed: As we proceed we want to ask ourselves the question: What’s most important right now to pay attention to? And whatever comes up in your mind, that’s what you’ll continue with.

Great way to take a short break and tune in. https://www.mindful.org/s-t-o-p-stress-tracks/

 

 

12 Questions for Building Students’ Empathy in Design-Based Challenges

  1. Whose problem are you helping to solve? Who are you designing for?
  2. How have you developed your design brief to reflect the person/people’s needs?
  3. Whose perspective have you considered? What other perspectives might there be?
  4. What if this was you? What would you want or need?
  5. How could you improve or change this design to address the person/people’s needs?
  6. How does this person/people experience a situation?
  7. How could you understand more about this person’s experiences? How could you walk in their shoes?
  8. What observations have you made? What have you noticed and what do your noticings make you think and wonder?
  9. What stories might you need to hear from the person/people?
  10. What connections can you make? Connections between your own experiences and the experiences of others? Connections between the stories you hear and your observations?
  11. How will you know if your design is successful? What tests and specific feedback will you need?
  12. How can you identify the person/people’s needs? What interview questions could you ask?

Love these 12 Questions for Building Students’ Empathy in Design-Based Challenges from this article https://www.makersempire.com/building-students-empathy-with-design-based-challenges/

Creativity and Making – Maker Monday

I loved this blog post http://www.spencerauthor.com/makermonday/ and in particular the quote below:

Creativity is an end in itself. It more than just a commodity that you trade or a skillset that you use. It’s part of what makes life epic. There’s something almost magical that happens when you get lost in your creative work and get lost in a state of creative flow only to step back at the end with the sense of accomplishment at what you created. Creativity is valuable, not just for a future job, but for the deeply human drive to make and build and tinker. It’s part of what makes us human.

 

 


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