The Design Thinking workshop was presented in simultaneous sessions with the Improvisation Workshop on Saturday afternoon. The purpose of this workshop was to help generate new ideas and projects that the TCA could undertake to serve the taiko community.
Prior to arriving at the meeting, participants spent time interviewing a member of the taiko community. Participants were specifically matched with others in the community who had a different experience and perspective from their own. The interview questions included:
- How did you start playing taiko?
- Please describe your group, and how it operates.
- Please describe the moment when you knew you were “hooked” on taiko.
- What does taiko give you that you don’t get from other activities or pastimes?
- What is your experience with the taiko community? Have you attended conferences?
- Is there anything you want that you are not currently getting out of taiko?
- What are your goals for the future?
Participants were asked to take notes during the interview, and to bring their notes with them to the Launch Meeting. At registration, they were given a photo of their interview subject, which they carried with them to all the workshops and discussion sessions. The idea for this was that they could represent the “voice” of their interview subject at the meeting, particularly in the Design Thinking workshop.
During the Saturday afternoon session, participants learned about a 5-step process called “Design Thinking.” This workshop was adapted from one that is given by the Hasso Platner Institute of Design at Stanford. The 5 modules of the workshop are: Empathy, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test. In 1-hour and 45 minutes, the TCA Launch Meeting participants were taken through the process and “designed” a project that would “improve the taiko experience” for their selected users.
Participants discuss the thoughts and feelings their interviewees shared with them.
They identify what their interviewees need and brainstorm ways to help them.
Groups create prototypes of possible solutions to the needs of the interviewees and present them to the rest of the participants.