Design thinking for healthier behaviors

Sarah Mummah sm885@cam.ac.uk
Dennis Boyle dennis@ideo.com

Abstract

Dennis Boyle, IDEO Partner and one of the leaders of the IDEO Design for Health business, and Dr. Sarah Mummah, IDEO Behavioral Scientist & Senior Designer, will team up to lead an interactive 2-hour workshop focused on innovating and rethinking how we might design for healthier behaviors. Bring your toughest behavior change challenges and participate in a hands-on design-thinking sprint to experiment with creating more innovative and effective solutions.

This workshop is based on Dennis and Sarah’s work teaching a graduate-level course at the Stanford d.school called “Design for Healthy Behavior Change,” or “d.health,” in which students collaborate with real-world patients from the Stanford Coordinated Care Clinic to create solutions that promote healthy habit formation.

Workshop lessons & activities:

• “A primer on design thinking” – Design thinking is a methodology that can help us creatively solve problems and discover new opportunities. This primer introduces the key stages of the design thinking process, including asking the right question, uncovering surprising insights to guide your thinking, quickly generating a wide range of possible solutions, and prototyping and iterating based on insights and feedback.
• "Highlights from our students” – How have some of our most successful student teams designed for health behavior change among patients with chronic illness?
• "Your design sprint" – Flex some of your creative firepower and explore what it feels like to apply design thinking to a specific behavior change challenge of your choice. You will break out into teams based on common interests and work collaboratively with guidance from your workshop facilitators.
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