Long Distance Design
A remote collaboration experiment between Stanford and Malaysia
- Stanford: Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 (5pm to 10pm)
- Kuala Lumpur: Saturday, May 6 and Sunday May 7 (8am to 1pm)
Most of the time when we practice design thinking, the assumption is that we need to be there in person. We need to interview and observe people in person to be able to see their full range of behaviors, including their body language and facial expressions. We need to be able to work with our teammates in person to be able to make sense of insights together, to brainstorm together, to make things tangible together.
And yet… being there together in person isn’t always a viable option. Sometimes, you don’t have the money to keep flying team members thousands of miles so that they can all be in the same physical location. Sometimes, there could be great value in collaborating continuously over a longer period of time with team members who live very far from each other.
So what if we thought of remote collaboration for design thinking teams differently? Instead of thinking of it as a direct substitute for in person collaboration, what if we thought of it as its own animal, with its own set advantages and constraints? And what if we approached how we collaborate remotely with a design thinking mindset?
In this pop-up class, you will experience and explore remote collaboration for design thinking teams. You will experiences what it is like to work in a multinational design thinking team that has to design together through remote collaboration. Half of the students in the class will be at Stanford, half students in the class will be in Kuala Lumpur.
You might develop a greater appreciation of just how much is possible with current technology, including how it might be used in unexpected ways in building empathy, sharing insights, sense-making, and prototyping. And you might get a better sense of how better remote collaboration in design thinking might help promote greater diversity in cultural perspectives and radical collaboration over time.