Where am I today doing Design for Social Innovation?
It’s been a long time since I have not written any post for this blog! Today I am at Escuela de Ingeniería PUC in Santiago de Chile becoming an intrapreneur. Just as Steve Jobs formed a group of people within Apple to develop the Macintosh, “going in essence back to the garage” (Jobs, as told to Newsweek in 1985), we have developed (together with Catalina Cortázar ) the DILAB, Engineering Design Initiative at PUC. This Design-Anthropology lab has been developed in a prestigious school of engineering in Latin America, serving more than 1,000 students a year and connecting with schools and companies all around the world.
The lab is promoting educational content that used to be foreign for the core of engineering in this country. It mainly provides design-anthropology knowledge and tools to engineers engaged in the area of mechanical construction and robotics, as well as to those who are more business oriented. The lab is fostering an alternative pedagogical culture to the one obeying the ‘assembly-line-instruction’ (Rogoff, 2011) typology. This new model coaches critical thinking skills through applied, real-world experiences with organizations where the students become the protagonists. Rather than solving exercises in a vacuum, this gives students a sense of applied reality to their learning. Check out the initiative and our Facebook page.
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