Design Thinking is a structured approach to innovation. In small diverse teams, flexible environments and guided by a highly practical-oriented creative process, Design Thinking participants find better solutions than individual experts or single-discipline teams ever could.
This approach enables solving complex problems by developing particularly user-friendly products and services. In addition, it activates important processes of change in companies and institutions.
The School of Design Thinking at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute, Potsdam began its program in the winter term of 2007/2008. Modeled on the famous d.school at Stanford University in California, students from more than 70 different universities, 60 disciplines and 20 nations are educated in Design Thinking by 36 teachers from different academic and professional backgrounds.
The HPI School of Design Thinking also offers tailor-made workshops to companies and institutions. More than 600 professionals per year from international companies participate in these highly interactive and professionally coached courses. They learn how to make Design Thinking part of their corporate or institutional culture and routinely create ideas with great market potential.
During the last two years the HPI School of Design Thinking developed partner schools in Beijing, China as well as in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.