The Role of Empathy in DesignBy
This is a transcription of the Business901 Podcast, An Inquiry into the Meaning of Making. Seung Chan Lim, nicknamed Slim discusses his journey and finally his project, Realizing Empathy. Through this project Slim hopes to share ideas, tools, and other ways to facilitate a meaningful, sustainable, and constructive conversations between and among diverse perspectives whether that’s between people or between people and materials or between people and machines by using “making” as the shared metaphor.
Slim has created a Kickstarter Project to fund his book. This book is quite substantial at 400+ full-color pages, which makes it quite pricey to print at low volume. The proposed amount is actually the minimum needed to print enough books so that the cost per book falls below $50. Any profit made will go directly to taking the project to the next level of development.
This Kickstarter project is not merely a project to print a book. It is a project to build a community around the central thesis of the book that the act of making is analogous to the act of empathizing, that there is much value in moving away from our current infatuation with creativity, innovation, and transformation, and toward the goal of achieving a deeper understanding of who we are as human beings.
Framing the Act of Innovation, as an Act of Empathizing
Side Effects of our Desires and Abilities to Empathize
Connecting Continuous Improvement and Appreciative Inquiry
Blending Appreciative Inquiry and Continuous Improvement