Design Thinking: One Path to Innovation
This past Tuesday I went to a Meet-Up on Design Thinking to learn about new ways of brainstorming and developing innovative solutions. Design Thinking refers to a set of methods for investigating ill-defined problems, acquiring information, analyzing knowledge, and developing new solutions across a variety of fields. I was impressed by a diverse group of DC executives, managers, designers and go-getters that shared a common interest in exploring how to do things differently. Whether working in government, private sector or non-profit, people get frustrated seeing the same solutions presented over and over.
Design Thinking and other innovation approaches give you a new way of looking at persistent challenges. It generates new ideas and new perspectives. As we work through challenging homeland security problems, it is clear that innovation and new frameworks are key to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) making real progress on its important missions. I’m excited to bring innovation to the parts of DHS we serve in the coming months.