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Design Thinking for Sustainable Development
Improve your decision-making skills
To tackle the global-scale problems of sustainability, we need original and creative solutions.
On this four-week course, you’ll discover how you can use the Design Thinking methodology for a human-centred problem-solving approach.
You’ll build confidence in your decision-making as you use Design Thinking techniques to overcome barriers in sustainability, with a focus on the people you are trying to help.
This course allows you to experience how Design Thinking works in a safe environment, before implementing these techniques to help develop sustainable solutions.
Explore the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
You’ll be introduced to the SDGs before choosing one to conduct high-level research to help you solve a sustainability challenge.
This practical exercise will help you understand effective techniques such as creating meaning from interview and secondary data and how to expand ideation.
Learn from the experts at Wintec
Guided by the specialists at Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), you’ll learn to identify each stage of the Design Thinking process to help you understand which stage a project is in.
By the end of the course, you’ll feel confident in your decision-making skills to help you develop solutions that advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and other areas of social good.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone wanting to explore how Design Thinking can be used to drive sustainable change.
This course will help you experience the full process of the methodology and show you how Design Thinking can be applied to any business and role.
Who developed the course?
The Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) is a leading tertiary education provider and one of New Zealand’s largest Institutes of Technology. Established in 1924, Wintec delivers technical, vocational, and professional education across a broad range of qualifications, domestically and internationally.
Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology is the New Zealand governmental network of 16 subsidiary tertiary education providers, which were formerly known as institutes of technology and polytechnics. The network delivers world class professional, vocational, and applied learning from certificate through to PhD level.
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