Designed to explore the variables that stimulate and inhibit creativity and innovation in individuals, teams, and organizations, the course uses many techniques, including classroom workshops, case studies, team projects, field trips, and expert classroom visitors. The philosophy of the course is that every problem is an opportunity for a creative solution. With this in mind, students are encouraged to try new approaches to creative problem solving in many different environments. In each class we focus on a different variable related to creativity, such as team dynamics, creativity under pressure, or managing creative individuals. Experts are invited into the classroom to help lead discussions and activities focusing on creativity in different environments.
In addition to classroom activities, we will have different design challenges. Each one is crafted to focus on another aspect of creative problem solving. By doing short projects, students get a chance to hone their creative skills and to master them.
This class is highly experiential, requiring each student to come prepared to participate actively. The more each student puts into the course, the more he or she will take away.
Location: Studio 2 (top floor), Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (we call it the d.school)
Peterson Building 550, 416 Escondido Mall (map)
This course will be offered twice – once during Winter and once during Spring quarter.
Winter Quarter: Tue/Thu 9-10:50am
Spring Quarter: Tue/Thu 10-11:50am
Enrollment is limited to 40 students.
If you are interested in taking the class in the winter, please see application instructions here: