When considering how to design products, teams or even common everyday household objects, empathy often doesn't end up on the required features list.
Yet, without empathy, teams with enormous technical skills can fail in their quest to deliver quality products to their users. Incredible projects fail to create communities because they don't exercise it. Fail at empathy and your chances of failing at everything skyrocket.
“We often think of the everyday materials we use to build our human world as static, but we should think again: MIT's Self-Assembly Lab programs such materials to transform themselves to handle tasks more simply and efficiently, thus improving or...”
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Via Edwin Rutsch
I was recently blind for five minutes and felt as though my eyes had never been more open. I didn't have some freak accident or momentary medical issue; I was participating in a mini human-centered design challenge at an event hosted byIDEO.org and NY+Acumen to introduce basic concepts of human-centered design.
“In addition to putting humans at the center of product and systems design, we need to bring back human-centered community.”
The immersion process of human-centered design enables empathy, which as Reboot, the social impact design firm says, "enables the insights that drive breakthrough solutions;" but it also enables happiness, personal fulfillment and a greater sense of community.
So why not put ourselves in the shoes of our friends, families and communities and bring empathy and humanity back to the center of our products, services and personal connections?
Every year, an estimated 1.2 to 2 billion tons of food is wasted—a massive amount of food that, if saved, would be more enough to feed the world’s hungry. Food waste isn’t just a humanitarian issue however; the problem is also a waste of land, water, energy and money. To put food wastage in perspective, Arbtech created an infographic that points out some of the world’s worst offenders and explains how food loss occurs throughout the supply chain. Click through to learn more about food waste and, most importantly, what you can do to help.
This is an initial description of the mini empathic design workshop that Edwin Rutsch, director of the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy is prototyping and testing. We are inviting a select group of people who have a proven background and interest in design or empathy to take part.
Participants: 4 to 5 per workshop Time Required: 3 hours Dates/Times: Various dates and time during the coming months. Location: Meet Online Using Google Hangouts. Recording: The call is recorded for educational purposes. No cost to take part in the testing phase.
Design Kit is IDEO.org's platform to learn human-centered design, a creative approach to solving the world's most difficult problems.
“I can’t come up with any new ideas if all I do is exist in my own life.”
Empathy is the capacity to step into other people’s shoes, to understand their lives, and start to solve problems from their perspectives.
Human-centered design is premised on empathy, on the idea that the people you’re designing for are your roadmap to innovative solutions. All you have to do empathize, understand them, and bring them along with you in the design process.
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Cornell University engineers have created a functional, synthetic immune organ that produces antibodies and can be controlled in the lab, completely separate from a living organism. The engineered organ has implications for everything from rapid production of immune therapies to new frontiers in cancer ...
“ Mood disorders such as depression are devastating to sufferers, and hugely costly to treat. The most severe form of depression, often called clinical depression or major depressive disorder (MDD), increases the person’s likelihood of suicide and contributes significantly to a person’s disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), a measure of quality of life taking into account periods of incapacity. The healthcare burden of MDD is large in most countries, especially when the person requires a stay in hospital. Putting these factors together, it’s clear we need to develop effective treatments to combat depression. The mechanisms of depressive disorders are not well understood, and it seems likely that there is no single cause. Most modern therapies use drugs that target neurotransmitters – the chemicals that carry signals between neurons. For example, the class of drugs known as SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, prevent the neurotransmitter serotonin from being reabsorbed by a neuron; this means that more serotonin is available to wash around between the nerve cells, and is more likely to activate cells in the brain networks that area affected in MDD.”
“ "The result is that a DNA sequence can be made in the form of a clam, for example, and containing a drug. The DNA molecule, however, contains a code activated upon encountering certain materials in the body. For example, the clam can be designed to change its shape and release the drug only when it meets a cancer cell or the right tissue.”
Via Andrew Spong
A collaborative project between the University of Leeds and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is bringing together music psychologist Dr Alinka Greasley and Dr Harriet Crook, Lead Clinical Scientist for Complex Hearing Loss, to investigate how music listening experiences are affected by deafness, hearing impairments and the use of hearing aids.
“ Nature invented software billions of years before we did. “The origin of life is really the origin of software,” says Gregory Chaitin (inventor of mathematical metabiology). Life requires what software does. It is fundamentally algorithmic. And its complexity needs better thinking tools.”
Via Beste Ozcan
“ A host of supersmart, self-healing technologies could someday make “normal wear and tear” a bygone expense. By definition, these materials—either intrinsically or with the aid of an outside agent—can mend broken molecular bonds without human intervention. When scientists created the first thermoset elastomer that could repair itself at room temperature without a catalyst, in 2013, they made history. Dubbed “The Terminator”, after the famous Arnold Schwarzenegger films, this advanced polymer and other self-healing materials provide a glimpse into the future of industrial design.”
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