Thursday, October 20, 2011

Design Thinking - Invisible Hearts Project

The Invisible Hearts Project
In this day and age it is routine to hear the daily news reports about cyberbullying and its effect on today’s youth at all ages. Perhaps, too, because it is so often in the news, the victims become another statistic in a world somewhat desensitized to hearing so much negativity. This, however, did not stop a group of Australian students from Ravenswood School for Girls and Knox Grammar to do something about it. They decided that they had had enough and collaborated to create the Invisible Hearts Project to bring awareness to this growing problem.

Without possibly realizing it, these students were engaged in the process of design thinking. They displayed empathy with the issue of cyberbullying by immersing themselves in the feelings, thoughts, and attitudes of those affected. According to Wikipedia, design thinking “is generally considered the ability to combine empathy for the context of a problem, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions, and rationality to analyze and fit solutions to the context.”

Invisible Hearts Project-Our Story
These students identified with their cause, which enabled them to figure out design opportunities to work toward ending a real-life problem by setting up goals they wanted to achieve. They used design thinking to investigate the issue, analyze it, and come up with a creative solution to make the most impact. By soliciting others to take photos making a heart with their hands to show solidarity against cyberbullying and the chance to make a difference, they actively engaged the viewer to participate in their cause. These images are the background for the website which still actively solicits participation.

Source: weheartit
The Invisible Hearts Project used the power of technology, the root cause for the spread of cyberbullying, to bring awareness of the problem to its audience using photographs, comments and videos. In addition, the project used music, blogs, surveys and social networks such as Twitter (@hearts_projects) and the Invisible Hearts Project facebook page to further mobilize its efforts. The documentation of first-hand accounts by victims of cyberbullying are powerful and heart-wrenching. The same technology behind the problem was rerouted to promote the positive use of technology to encourage peace, equality and love, the primary message of its mission. By taking a human-centered problem, they were able to use design thinking to try to come up with a solution to gain support for its cause.

Letting students pursue an idea through the design process enabled them to create a powerful vehicle for bringing attention to an issue. Design thinking, like other ideas on innovative design in education, is centered on allowing students to take an active role in their own learning to uncover a problem or need and come up with a particular goal or solution. Whether it was intended in this particular case, the students behind the Invisible Hearts Project exercised their ability as design thinkers to create a compelling message to try to effect a change.

19 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful discussion of what these outstanding students have done, and continue to do. Thank you for your perspective on our project, we are immensely proud of all of the students, and look forward to IHP2.0.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi there! This is amazing! Thanks s much for doing this and spreading the word! Tahnkyou! peace.equality.love

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thinking about innovation in health care industry, don't be limited... Learn beyond about healthcare industry Master Health check Packages in our blog

    ReplyDelete
  4. It is very well written, and your points are well-expressed.

    ReplyDelete
  5. This website was… how do you say it? Relevant!!

    ReplyDelete

  6. Finally I have found something that helped me. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  7. That was an excellent article. You made some great points and I am grateful for for your information! Take care!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I think this article has a lot of information needed, looking forward to your new posts.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thanks for this blog, I really enjoyed reading your post.

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is the exact information I am been searching.

    ReplyDelete
  11. This article is really contains lot more information about this topic.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I want to receive this kind of knowledge every day. I will follow your article.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Your blog is a valuable resource. Thanks for sharing. I would like to share information about the company. App development services in Pune uphold high quality and delivery standards. They leverage the city's skilled talent pool to ensure that the applications they develop are not only feature-rich but also user-friendly, reliable, and secure.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Silicon carbide and aluminium oxide are the major impregnating abrasive particles of sandpaper. sandpaper grit

    ReplyDelete

  15. I was actually captured with the piece of resources you have got here.

    ReplyDelete

  16. I’m really glad I have found this information.

    ReplyDelete
  17. The kitchen strategic is committed to enabling all cooks, regardless of experience level, to fully realize their culinary abilities and craft remarkable dining experiences with each dish.

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


Pin It