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For our class this year, @garychou and I asked our students to immerse themselves in a community and then try to create and share a small offering—a community-centered approach to design rather than solutionism. Here's what they learned:
"Because I followed the list [of questions] so closely, afraid of silent gaps in conversation, we weren’t able to enjoy the fun parts of interview." - @XiaoxiYuan_Lulu realized that interviews go better when they feel like casual conversations.

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"To my surprise, once I started interviewing stakeholders in the space they had a lot more insight and information than anything I can find online." @jasonlamarb had to go beyond desk research to really get a sense of the homelessness ecosystem.

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"I have learned throughout my journey that parents hold the keys to the ignition that is their children’s foray into the world." @madease realized that his project about reducing screentime for kids is actually targeted at parents.

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"Attempting something small but with success is more rewarding than attempting something big but only half baked." @SircarAbhinav learned about scoping (🙌🏼) and the value of small steps.

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"I practiced being a true explorer, which means to be open, curious, non-judgemental, patient and observant. I only started to synthesize all the findings towards the end of the fourth week." @angie_ngoctran resisted her impulse to start designing.

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"My ego works really hard to protect me from failure, which often only leaves me stagnant, doing nothing." @katestyer grappled with our advice to separate one's ego from work.

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"Putting every Peruvian in a room just because they were born in the same city does not mean they will all magically get along." @macalita89 learned that the opposite of disconnection is not necessarily a Facebook group 😆

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These are hard-earned lessons, easy to repeat but hard to internalize, plucked from far beyond the comfort zone. We are teaching an abstract, squishy, uncomfortable thing about the nature of networks + what it means to navigate uncertainty; we're grateful they're game.
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