Five stages of Design Thinking

Design Thinking for Educators (IDEO) site describes the five stages of design thinking: 

1.  DISCOVERY:  I have a challenge.  How do I approach it?

2.  INTERPRETATION:  I learned something.  How do I interpret it?

3.  IDEATION:  I see an opportunity. What do I create?

4.  EXPERIMENTATION:  I have an idea.  How do I build it?

5.  EVOLUTION:  I tried something.  How do I evolve it?

RSA - Whole Person Recovery Project

Excellent report on a research project undertaken by the RSA, as described on their site:

'Some of the key findings include the emerging theory of Recovery Capital - the sum total of personal, social and community resources that someone can call on to aid their recovery – provides a more holistic foundation on which to develop strategies that can spark and sustain recovery. 

Social innovations examined in the report include: giving users modest grants to assist their recovery; a peer led dedicated radio services; and a user led training package for local GPs. 

A systems based approach to understanding, mapping and visualising users’ experiences can help harness all the assets available to aid recovery for a given person. 

Recovery is 'contagious' – users should be part of networks of people who have or are recovering from problematic drug and alcohol use and those people that support recovery such as non-using family and friends. 

There needs to be a collective response to recovery, primarily in the form of 'recovery communities'. A change in public attitude to the recovery and well being of problem drug and alcohol users is of fundamental importance to generate a collective response to the opportunity that a whole person recovery approach presents.

The recommendations of this report are as follows:

Strategic, theoretical and political shifts.
The value of user-centred and systems approaches to service design.
Involving drug and alcohol users more directly in the design of services is not only ethical, but substantially increases the likelihood of services targeting resources where they are most likely to have a meaningful impact on an individual’s recovery.'

Alcohol detox centre 'saves NHS millions'

Another BBC article which describes how changing the way individuals with alcohol problems are dealt with could save the NHS millions.  The Radar ward at the Chapman Barker unit is unique in the UK. It takes patients directly from A&E units across Manchester. Dr Chris Daly, the lead consultant at the unit is quoted as saying: 

"We were very surprised that a significant proportion, maybe as much as 50% of the patients [that we see], were not open to any services and some of them had never been seen by alcohol services before, so it's almost as if we're dealing with a different sort of population,".

"These are people who are maybe only using their A&E department as their main source of treatment for their alcohol problems."

Drink Informed: How can design support positive change in problem drinkers?

RCA research project by Lizzie Raby which looked at ways to better inform patients of the risks of drinking through the use of design methods, including: Observations, cultural probes, questionnaires and workshops. The output from this research was a resource kit which helped to explain the effects of drinking to the patient and including both a patient and clinical staff 'face' to the kit.

Fun Theory - Alcohol Test Urinal

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Image from thefuntheory

Interesting entry for the Fun Theory Award. The problem was that individuals are drinking in bars and driving home drunk. This entry found a fun solution which involves a urinal automatically testing for alcohol levels before displaying the result on a large screen over the toilet. The screen also gives an indication of your intoxication level and displays the nearest taxi number.


The Young Foundation

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Image on Wikipedia

As described on their website The Young Foundation: 

'We believe inequality undermines the economy and corrodes our wellbeing, leaving its mark on communities, relationships, aspirations and self-worth.

The Young Foundation is working to create a more equal and just society, where each individual can be fulfilled in their own terms. We work with the public and private sectors and civil society to empower people to lead happier and more meaningful lives.

We believe little about the future of society is inevitable. Bound by our shared humanity, we believe we collectively have the power to shape the societies and communities we want to live in.'