“I am predicting 50 years of chaos” | The impact of Design (?) Thinking

As I understood from current blog gossip these days are the days of Web 2.0 and many folks out there are (among them Peter Merholz) are posting about this in their blogs as well.

By keeping this blog alive I experience the power of Web 2.0 from day to day and part of this experience is that I’m amazed how much worth reading stuff is produced out there from people you’ve never heard of.

On one hand I form friendships with interesting people I’ve never met before like Niti Bhan, Steve Portigal, Chris Gee or Hans Henrik Heming. On the other hand I re-connect with people I haven’t heard of for a while like Jörg Walters, Joris Funcke, Mark Fenwick or Oliver Thylmann (all former students I’ve lectured for in the context of MBA Design Management or MBA programmes)

Last week while reading my daily bloglines journal I came across Karl Long’s blog “Customer Experience strategy” just by chance. After dropping him a note I surely added his site to my Blogroll. Now we’re back in touch and I’m looking forward to see a guest posting by Karl on my site soon.

After all to make a long story short: What do I actually want to say with this all?!

There’s been a lot of debating about “Design Thinking” in various forums, communities as well as magazines and organisations. So far I did not make up my mind yet, what my perspective on “Design Thinking” actually is. What I can say so far is that I definitively experience this kind of virtual and sometimes loose collaboration with my new and old web friends I’ve described above as some sort of “Design Thinking”. 

Why? Well at the heart of “Design Thinking” is what Dan Saffer called (among other factors; sorry guys I know for some of you this not really new stuff):

“A Wide Range of Influences. Because design touches on so many subject areas (psychology, ergonomics, economics, engineering, architecture, art, etc.), designers should bring to the table a broad, multi-disciplinary spectrum of ideas from which to draw inspiration and solutions.”

What I experience when I when I follow their ideas on various issues around Design, Innovation, Creativity and Management as well is exactly this “wide range of influences”. Finally the power of these influences (driven to a large degree by digital technology like Blogs, RSS Feeds, …) is gaining momentum as stated at the recent TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Oxford/UK (quote from BBC News/UK):

“Digital technology is providing people with the tools to produce and share content like never before, and it is set to throw the relationship between them and institutions into turmoil, say experts. “I am predicting 50 years of chaos,” says leading digital thinker Clay Shirky. “Loosely organised groups will be increasingly given leverage. “Institutions will come under increasing degrees of pressures and the more rigid they are, the more pressures they will come under.” “It is going to be a mass re-adjustment,” he says, addressing delegates at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Oxford, UK.”

BTW: Did I say “Thank You!” yet for sharing your inspiration with me?

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