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Make the future visible today! A reflection on using design thinking and futures studies techniques to foster creativity

Ellen De Vos (UGent) , Xin Xing, Marina Emmanouil (UGent) and Wei Liu (UGent)
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We consider creativity as the ability to see situations in an original and unusual way. Design thinking techniques are suitable to introduce the differences between divergent and convergent thinking to newcomers at creativity. However, these beginners might feel that the model of design thinking restricts them in this liberating activity. Also, the idea that by passing through the four steps of the design thinking model a perfect solution will be found, is neither realistic nor removes their uncertainties Moreover, whether an emphasis on the future context of a designed object, and the implementation of different storytelling methods at the front end of innovation could be recognized as added value, must still be inquired. A two-day workshop that applied techniques from design thinking and futures studies combined with narrative techniques is developed to foster creativity among User Experience students in China In particular, the participants are design thinking "newbies" who are also not used to an educational context of student led discovery and collaborative learning. This is a reflective paper, based on empirical experience that articulates a new attitude towards the use of methods to stimulate creativity in non-design students.
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Creativity, front end of innovation, divergent and convergent thinking, workshop, China, UX education, COLLABORATION, DISCIPLINARY, INFORMATION

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De Vos, Ellen, et al. “Make the Future Visible Today! A Reflection on Using Design Thinking and Futures Studies Techniques to Foster Creativity.” PROCEEDINGS OF CHINESE CHI 2018: SIXTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM OF CHINESE CHI (CHINESE CHI 2018), 2019, pp. 31–38.
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De Vos, E., Xing, X., Emmanouil, M., & Liu, W. (2019). Make the future visible today! A reflection on using design thinking and futures studies techniques to foster creativity. In PROCEEDINGS OF CHINESE CHI 2018: SIXTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM OF CHINESE CHI (CHINESE CHI 2018) (pp. 31–38). Montreal, QC, Canada .
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De Vos, Ellen, Xin Xing, Marina Emmanouil, and Wei Liu. 2019. “Make the Future Visible Today! A Reflection on Using Design Thinking and Futures Studies Techniques to Foster Creativity.” In PROCEEDINGS OF CHINESE CHI 2018: SIXTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM OF CHINESE CHI (CHINESE CHI 2018), 31–38.
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De Vos, Ellen, Xin Xing, Marina Emmanouil, and Wei Liu. 2019. “Make the Future Visible Today! A Reflection on Using Design Thinking and Futures Studies Techniques to Foster Creativity.” In PROCEEDINGS OF CHINESE CHI 2018: SIXTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM OF CHINESE CHI (CHINESE CHI 2018), 31–38.
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De Vos E, Xing X, Emmanouil M, Liu W. Make the future visible today! A reflection on using design thinking and futures studies techniques to foster creativity. In: PROCEEDINGS OF CHINESE CHI 2018: SIXTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM OF CHINESE CHI (CHINESE CHI 2018). 2019. p. 31–8.
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E. De Vos, X. Xing, M. Emmanouil, and W. Liu, “Make the future visible today! A reflection on using design thinking and futures studies techniques to foster creativity,” in PROCEEDINGS OF CHINESE CHI 2018: SIXTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM OF CHINESE CHI (CHINESE CHI 2018), Montreal, QC, Canada , 2019, pp. 31–38.
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  abstract     = {We consider creativity as the ability to see situations in an original and unusual way. Design thinking techniques are suitable to introduce the differences between divergent and convergent thinking to newcomers at creativity. However, these beginners might feel that the model of design thinking restricts them in this liberating activity. Also, the idea that by passing through the four steps of the design thinking model a perfect solution will be found, is neither realistic nor removes their uncertainties Moreover, whether an emphasis on the future context of a designed object, and the implementation of different storytelling methods at the front end of innovation could be recognized as added value, must still be inquired. A two-day workshop that applied techniques from design thinking and futures studies combined with narrative techniques is developed to foster creativity among User Experience students in China In particular, the participants are design thinking "newbies" who are also not used to an educational context of student led discovery and collaborative learning. This is a reflective paper, based on empirical experience that articulates a new attitude towards the use of methods to stimulate creativity in non-design students.},
  author       = {De Vos, Ellen and Xing, Xin and Emmanouil, Marina and Liu, Wei},
  booktitle    = {PROCEEDINGS OF CHINESE CHI 2018: SIXTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM OF CHINESE CHI (CHINESE CHI 2018)},
  isbn         = {9781450365086},
  issn         = {2161-3907},
  keywords     = {Creativity,front end of innovation,divergent and convergent thinking,workshop,China,UX education,COLLABORATION,DISCIPLINARY,INFORMATION},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Montreal, QC, Canada },
  pages        = {31--38},
  title        = {Make the future visible today! A reflection on using design thinking and futures studies techniques to foster creativity},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3202667.3202672},
  year         = {2019},
}

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