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How do we teach empathy?

Dr. Susie Wise, The d.school & Matthew S. Kressy, MIT

Join us for a live Design is Everywhere show and be part of the podcast with your questions.
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The value of empathy is a central tenet in youth education as well as in the broad field of human-centered design. Children are often told to be kind, and to consider other people’s perspectives. Design thinking takes that childhood lesson a step further. Whether you’re designing a physical product, software, or policy, human-centered design directly involves the people you’re designing for in the whole process from ideation, design, to implementation. When done successfully, a human-centered approach quite simply means engaging the community most affected by a perceived problem in its solution. 

In our monthly virtual Design is Everywhere live show, host Sam Aquillano welcomes two design and education leaders who advocate for embedding design thinking and empathy in youth education. Guest co-host Dr. Susie Wise teaches at Stanford’s d.school, founded and led the K12 Lab, and has long supported the movement to bring design thinking into K12 teaching and learning. Their guest is Matthew S. Kressy, Founding Director of the MIT Integrated Design & Management (IDM) Master’s Degree program, and part of the founding team of New England Innovation Academy, the first middle and high school focused on human-centered design in the country. Join them for a lively discussion on empathy, youth education, and cultivating the next generation of innovators. Bring your questions, and ask them live on air. 

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Dr. Susie Wise is an equity design ally with a focus on culture change and building belonging in organizations. For 15 years Susie has combined design research, deep empathy, and action to create change in the social sector. She is an Adjunct Professor at the d.school where she founded and led the K12 Lab, catalyzing national projects like School Retool and the Shadow a Student Challenge. She is also a co-creator of Liberatory Design. Her current work on design for belonging is captured in this short video. You can find her here.

Matthew S. Kressy, founding director of the MIT Integrated Design & Management (IDM) master’s degree, is an expert in innovation, leadership and product development. As an entrepreneur and founder of Designturn, he has designed, invented, engineered, and manufactured products for startups, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between. Since 1999, Kressy has co-taught collaborative courses in product design and development at top design and business schools including the MIT Sloan School of Management, Harvard Business School, and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he holds a BFA in industrial design. Kressy is also on the founding team of New England Innovation Academy, the first middle and high school that prepares innovators to shape the world through human-centered design.

Apr 23 • 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Video Webinar

Webinar, Instructions

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Dr. Susie Wise
The d.school

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Matthew S. Kressy

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12:00pm ET • Event begins

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1:00pm ET • Questions & Answers

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1:30pm ET • Live recording event ends

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