Design thinking is a problem solving framework the concept has been around for decades, but in the past five to ten years, ideo , a design consultancy, has championed the process as an alternative to a purely analytical approach to problem-solving.
If we listen and hear, it is because we choose what we want to hear it is never genuine, and that’s how we fail to understand problems all of these, looking and seeing, listening and hearing, touching and feeling, are the core principle of design thinking and if utilised properly africa will prosper.
Design thinking is a process that helps people find a solution to a customer problem customer empathy is at its core, and in an ideal world, the process leads to a solution that is desirable (to customers), feasible (to build) and viable (financially) to create. Hasso plattner institute of design thinking at the university of cape town 9 portswood road, green point, cape town, 8001, south africa abstract this short paper explores the potential contribution of design thinking methodology to the education and training system in south africa design thinking is slowly gaining traction in south africa.
What design thinking can do for africa instead of waiting for roads to be built designers are finding their own ways to overcome the continent's challenges, says matthias reichwald 1.
Since then, the design thinking process has been applied to developing new products and services, and to a whole range of problems, from creating a business model for selling solar panels in africa to the operation of airbnb.