My current read is Dare to Lead by Brené Brown. I have been pondering on the way she frames empathy and the use of Design Thinking in schools.
Design thinking has empathy as an opening phase of problem-solving.
I wonder how Brené Brown reacts to the prevalence of the term in design thinking for education and the authenticity of the endeavour?
She explains that
Empathy is not connecting to an experience, it is connecting to the emotions that underpin an experience.
I think my reflections are on the challenge of developing the associated skills of empathy - and whether we diminish the effort, nuance and skill, in some way, by just “doing empathy in design thinking”.
We need young people to engage with connection and attempt to understand others.
But I wonder how much design thinking is predicated on the emotional capital, experience, and intelligence to connect with someone else’s underpinning emotions.