Last week, I was very excited to be asked by Pimpama State Secondary College to present and participate at a three-day design workshop. In this workshop, students were investigating the question How might we create a community? In particular, they were asked to investigate a part of their local area and how community could be better developed. I was so happy to get a chance to have a chat with them and see what kind of ideas they come up with because Community and Design plays such a huge part of what we do at the design library. It’s also played a role in some of the projects that I have been involved in as a designer as well, so it’s a great area of my own personal interest too.
This was the first time that I have had the opportunity to participate in a design thinking workshop held within a high school environment. It was great to get the chance to see in person the application of some of the concepts developed on Design Minds and see what they could result in.
In short, the day was incredible! The students enthusiastically engaged in the Inquire, Ideate, Implement process and their energy was infectious. The practical and active learning incorporated into the process increased the depth and breadth of the student understanding of their local community and this was translated in the outcomes that they delivered. I was blown away by the calibre of ideas that were presented by students. They were well researched, planned and considered. They were also hugely creative and innovative in the ways in which they incorporated indigenous history and understanding, sustainability and civil engagement—all of which are huge ideas that need to be considered in the development of communities of the future.
All-in-all, it was such an inspiring day and I am so glad that I got to participate. To read more about the day, visit Design Minds and read the Inspire article here.