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Updates from an amazing trip to Stanford's d.school

Updates from an amazing trip to Stanford's d.school
By Zack Jones • Issue #53 • View online

I am back in Delaware after an 11 day trip out to the west coast! I was on the teaching team for a week-long design thinking intensive for Stanford graduate students. Here’s a photo of everyone:
The grad students, teaching fellows and teaching team from the d.school's 2018 Stanford Graduate Summer Institute.
The grad students, teaching fellows and teaching team from the d.school's 2018 Stanford Graduate Summer Institute.
The teaching team was comprised of Mark Grundberg, an experience designer at the d.school and past University Innovation Fellows, Matt Criscuolo, Nadia Gathers and Ryan Phillips, as well as the co-director of the UIF program, Leticia Britos Cavagnaro.
The teaching team for Adventures in Design Thinking 2018
The teaching team for Adventures in Design Thinking 2018
I appreciated the emphasis on the well-being of the teaching team as we facilitated the experience. The team had many funny moments over the course of the 5-day workshop. Below is a picture of a prototyping demonstration when everyone broke out in laughter.
Me participating in a role-play-based prototype (while wearing my "This is just a prototype" t-shirt)
Me participating in a role-play-based prototype (while wearing my "This is just a prototype" t-shirt)
Overall, it was a profound experience on many levels. First, I felt an enormous sense of imposter syndrome on Monday and Tuesday. I was teaching Stanford grad students. It was a textbook example of feeling like you were going to be discovered and outed as a fraud. But that didn’t happen. Over the course of the week, I relaxed into the work, got to know the students and facilitated effectively.
Second, spending so much dedicated time thinking about projects, prototypes and iteration taught me a lot! I had some epiphanies about how I will teach better in my day-to-day work with Dual School.
Lastly, every morning we started with movement. It was a facilitated dance class where the goal was to learn about yourself as a leader, and a human, through physical motion. The goal was not to become a great dancer, but simply to experience the joy of dancing in a space where everyone could share that magic. I had the pleasure of participating in these sessions every day. I feel it’s reconnected me with music, and the thrill of having a good time with others.
That’s all for now! Stay tuned for a video recap of the experience soon. See you next week,
Zack
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