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Pathways To Peace: Teach People to Design & they will Solve More of Their Own problems Design is a word that has many meanings, but in essence, everything we do, from deciding which clothes to wear and what to eat, is a design project – Seemingly simple actions can often have complex consequences • The design was not well thought out! Hypothesis: There is a process by which design can be taught, and it can be applied in everyday life from personal to professional design problems – The design process is essentially the scientific method with the addition of risk analysis: • Observe a problem and study its “physics” and boundary conditions • Develop a hypothesis about how to solve it • Analyze the possible solutions, and run preliminary Bench Level Experiments • Study references and iterate on the solutions • Assess the risks • Develop countermeasures • Implement, test, ponder! When people feel they have a path to develop solutions to their problems, they are more likely to be at peace with themselves and others We propose to develop a course, using the design process itself, to teach the design process! DRAFT 1
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Pathways To Peace: Teach the Design Process in the Context of Personal Expression Rational scientific thought processes are learned by many, but practiced by few in the context of their everyday lives "Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm“ Ralph Waldo Emerson We propose to teach the design process in the context of having students design an inlaid or mosaic tile that illustrates something of deep personal or cultural meaning to them An artist in residence will be a key team-member The designs will be posted on the internet, and we hope this course will spread to schools around the world DRAFT 2
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Pathways To Peace: Teach the Design Process in the Context of Technical Design & Manufacturing We propose to teach the design process in the context of having students design an inlaid or mosaic tile that is precise and can withstand the rigors of time An Artists-in-Residence will help teach the students about artistic expression and how to critique and evolve their designs The physical design and manufacturing and installation, either has a hanging piece of art, a table-top, or as a sidewalk tile, will be a highly technical project
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2012 for the course MECHANICAL 2.993 taught by Professor Alexslocum during the Fall '02 term at MIT.

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