Design Thinking: Synthesis 1 | Hexagonal Thinking


Hexagonal Thinking is where either student or teacher writes key concepts on hexagonal cards, at the end of a period of learning, where the content behind each ‘headline’ is relatively clear to a team of learners. The students then place the cards together in the way that makes most sense to them - some ideas will connect to up to five others, others will lie at the end of a long sequential order, others still will appear in small outlying positions, on their own.

The technique was first pioneered in the oil and gas industry, and is highlighted in The Living Company, by the creator of “the learning organisation” concept and Royal Dutch Shell, Arie de Geus. De Geus had found that when he and executives were trying to help insurance people better understand their complex products, the expensive computer simulations they had developed were not doing the job: staff were too busy trying to “win” the simulation that the more significant, and complex, information about the products was lost. With the introduction of hexagonal thinking those complex connections were made swiftly and deeply. It has since been used in business as a means of tackling perennial ‘wicked problems’.

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World Sorrow

Weltschmerz ~ “Sadness over the evils of the world…” (I know it’s a word properly defined as “romantic pessimism” and connected with a hard rock German punk band, but I think as a word, it works perfectly to describe how I feel.)

Living in the Middle East, raised in the West, a ‘faither’ (borrowing Rachel Pieh Jones’ term), I’ve been overwhelmed at the news, and more close to home, the postings on my Facebook page. I have friends who are Christians (of all flavours), friends who are Muslims (from at least three different sects), Jewish friends (religious & cultural), atheists, agnostics, and cynical friends. Friends who are Israeli, Arab, Palestinian, Bedouin, Bedoon, and nearly everything in between.

Postings are dogmatic, opinionated, harsh, critical, hateful, and hopeless.

It’s overwhelming.

While I have an opinion about the situation, I’m not part of the problem or the solution and I’ve decided to stop posting what I think and commenting on what others say.

The thing that really, really undoes me is the loss of human life on both sides. Fathers, sons, brothers (I almost wrote ‘bothers’ but that only applies to my own beloved siblings), mothers, daughters, sisters. Teens, children, babies. Cannon fodder. Tit-for-tat kidnappings & murder. Deliberate mass destruction. Attempted mass destruction. 

Do I have a solution? No. I do have some serious contempt for leaders on both sides of this conflict ~ to me it appears ideology and ‘being right’ are far more important than the fact their people are dying.

In the meantime, I’m just sad. 

The mortal mind alone cannot devise an answer to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, because the true answer lies on a level of consciousness that’s beyond our mortal thinking. Quite simply, when it comes to Israel and the Palestinians, we need a miracle. ~ Marianne Williamson

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