We have a special guest this week for #dchat: Ralph King.
Ralph spent 25 years as a print journalist before he turned to documentary filmmaking in 2005. He is the founder of Hawkview Pictures and the producer and co-director of the documentary film “Extreme by Design.” The film chronicles the experience of students, instructors and project partners as they go through one of the d.school’s popular courses: Design for Extreme Affordability – known simply as “Extreme” here at Stanford.
The documentary will begin airing on PBS Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 10pm, though your local listing may vary.
Ralph has also co-developed “Watch+Design Workshop” with the d.school. The workshop used clips from the “Extreme by Design” documentary to create a “hands-on introduction to design thinking.” Clips from the film were also featured in Stanford’s Design Thinking Action Lab MOOC, which ran this summer.
Ralph is also piloting a 10-week course in design thinking for middle schoolers in East Palo Alto and Redwood City. The class is called “Creating Change that Matters!” and is taught by volunteers from Intuit and Citrix. The course is being offered by Citizen Schools. Ralph, a graduate of Stanford University, was a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal. The Journal’s senior editors twice nominated Ralph’s work for the Pulitzer Prize. Ralph was also a Gerald Loeb Award finalist in 2005 and won the National Association of Science Writers’ Science-in-Society Award (1996) and the California Governor’s Media Award (1997).
This week’s #dchat will start at 6pm PT and end promptly at 7pm PT. Ralph will be tweeting from @extremebydesign, so feel free to follow him there. You can follow the full conversation by following the the #dchat hashtag. If you want to send in your questions ahead of time, please do! Just be sure to include #dchat in your tweets. In the meantime, here’s a preview of “Extreme by Design,”
Now, for the recap of last week’s #dchat. Our host last week was d.school Fellow and Nearpod Founder and Co-CEO Guido Kovalskys.