Design Initiative ambassadors Kingston Tam ’13 and Nishant Jacob ’13 woke up at the break of dawn on Sunday morning to go help coach at an entrepreneurship workshop hosted by the LOFT Institute to help empower and prepare young (Latino) students and professionals for leadership in America. Part of the event was dedicated to teaching the participants a design thinking process for innovation.
In the ideation stage of the adapted design thinking style part of the workshop, Kingston led students through an improv activity of “Yes, But…” vs. “Yes, And!” to demonstrate the values of positivity in keeping the momentum of the brainstorm going. Nishant then explained that this is achieved through the “rules of brainstorm” such as deferring one’s judgment on others’ ideas and leapboarding off of others’ ideas!
After noticing that the first group was a little low energy during the session (since it was so early!), Nishant and Kingston iterated their teaching process on the fly and started the next session with a fun improv activity to kickstart the energy of the group. The stoke activity was wildly successful and creative sparks were flying in the energetic student brainstorms that followed. Awesome job, guys! Way to represent!