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Harold Nelson meets with Design Thinking and Cognitive Biases class

Dr. Nelson led a rich conversation about the role and importance of design thinking in today’s complex world. Harold says, “design is a big deal.” He makes the case for the deep responsibility we all have as designers of the world. Humans are currently the greatest force on the dynamics of many earth systems. The Anthropocene epoch is the age of design. Peter Schoonmaker, director of the Collaborative Design program dubbed him a design philosopher. Harold has thought long and hard about design. His book The Design Way, 2nd edition is a must read for all who work in the design field and more broadly do design within their chosen field. Roger Martin the Dean of the Rotman School of Management with the University of Toronto said, “The second edition of The Design Way is the most useful and enjoyable book on design that I have yet read. It digs very deep into the intellectual and historical foundations of design thought in order to generate practical wisdom. If only the first chapter of this book was required reading for every first-year MBA student, the business world would be a much better place. And if it was also required reading for every science and technology policy person, we would actually have useful innovation policy. Harold Nelson and Erik Stolterman have produced a genuinely great contribution.”

For more from Harold Nelson go to the following: https://vimeo.com/52040190 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePfZeLCwc6U&feature=g-hist

Dr. Harold Nelson is a visiting scholar in the School of Computer Science at the University of Montana. He was the 2009-2010 Nierenberg Distinguished Professor of Design in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. For over twelve years Dr. Nelson was the head of the Graduate Programs in Whole Systems Design (WSD) at Antioch University.
Co-author of The Design Way: Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World, Harold Nelson is an architect, consultant and systems scientist, Harold Nelson is president of the Advanced Design Institute. Nelson’s research interests are in the fields of complex systems design, advanced design education, deep design/critique, and advanced design postulation and axiom development. Dr. Nelson received his Ph.D., graduating with distinction, from the University of California at Berkeley.

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