Workshop one of the five-workshop design thinking programme kicked of with a workshop where teams started to discover and define the design challenge at hand. 

I introduced the idea of divergent and convergent thinking, a tool that we would be using in the workshops depending on what point of the design thinking process we are at. This shows teams that if we are opening up the triangle this is when we put our creative hats on; where no idea is a bad idea and quality wins over quantity. At times when the triangle starts to narrow down we are now allowed to put on our analytical hats, where we can; challenge ideas, understand if the ideas solve the specific problem we are working on and building on ideas in a constructive and friendly way.

Effective teams don’t just happen, they have to be created
— Maher O'Brien

Task one: Name your team, define your roles and create your culture

First things first, I wanted to make sure that each team created a culture that they all agreed on and aligned too; a culture that they would live by for the next few weeks working together. Very often teams don't take the time out to understand HOW they will work together to reach their goal, they rush straight to the final output not realising that they are missing out on one of the most powerful aspects of creativity - the power of a team. Design thinking isn't a solo expedition, collaboration and team work is embedded in it's success.


Discovery is an important part of the design thinking process, it builds a solid foundation for your ideas. To create meaningful solutions you need to begin with a deep understanding of the peoples needs you intend to design for. Discovery means opening up to new opportunities, and getting inspired to create new idea. This process can be eye-opening and give you a good understanding of your design challenge.

The day before i set the teams their discovery task and asked them to go into Camden and LOOK, ASK and TRY out the problem

The next step was for them to share their individual stories and share what they saw, heard and felt:

TASK 3: The evolution of thoughts

The next few parts of the workshop was based on an evolution of their thinking and defining the problem. Defining transforms your stories into meaningful insights. By finding meaning in your observations and turning it into actionable opportunities for design is not an easy task. It involves storytelling, as well as sorting and condensing thoughts until you've found a compelling point of view and clear direction for ideation.

Step 2: Search for meaning

Step 3: Turn headlines into insights

Step 4: How might We's

Step 5: Ideas (this is in workshop 2)

Each step of their evolution was facilitated to give teams enough time and instructions to follow the steps together. By the end of the workshop each team had created a set of How Might We's that they will then take on into workshop number 2. Come back soon to have a look at what happens when we start to Ideate.