The theme for this year’s FoodInno conference addressed the waste accumulated at every step of the food production process
Founded in 2003, the Hasso-Plattner Institute of Design, known as the d.school, is still exploring how exactly it fits into the larger Stanford community, according to those who regularly utilize the school.
The core idea of the d.school, according to d.school Executive Director Sarah Stein Greenberg, is based on its human-centered approach. More and more classes across Stanford are beginning to employ “Design Thinking,” a user-friendly methodology of solving the world’s problems, brought to life with stages of empathy, ideation and prototyping, and which focuses strongly on the user.
As the arts scene at Stanford receives increasing resources and attention, the University has started planning the construction of a new “arts gym”—a drop-in studio and performing arts space at Roble Gym.
An enormous amount of interest is driving the University to keep up with student demand for arts spaces, according to Matthew Tiews M.A. ‘99 Ph.D. ‘04, executive director of arts program.
Associate Professor of Political Science Jeremy Weinstein and d.school lecturer Jenny Stefanotti founded the Governance Collaboratory almost a year ago with the intent of helping civil society activists and government reformers use innovation and design thinking to improve developing countries’ governance.
The class, which is in its 10th year, has allowed 325 students to work with global partners in 14 countries to create products that improve the lives of impoverished people. This year, the 40 graduate students in the course are collaborating with five global partners to manage the design of 10 new products.
Sustainable Food Program Manager Dara Olmstead, who previously served as the director of Harvard’s Food Literacy Project and wrote a blog for The Boston Globe about environmental sustainability, called her new position a “dream job.”
“When you try and make change happen, that’s not easy,” conceded Steve Hilton, currently on sabbatical from his position as senior advisor for British Prime Minister David Cameron. “There are vested interests, people have different views.” Hilton, who currently serves as a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a visiting scholar at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, framed the decision to move across the Atlantic as personal rather than professional, in order to accommodate his wife Rachel Whetstone, a senior executive at Google.
In a series of remarks dominated by anecdotes and observations of the actions of companies that create successful products, Professor Emeritus James Adams supported his supposition that, when it comes to design, “emotions lead rather than follow.”