Life of a Fellow
Dispatches from current fellows about their Stanford experience.
Stanford’s d.school urges us to work up some ideas, sketch them out on a few pages and start road-testing them. And if those ideas suck, try some others – after all, the only way to find out what works is to ideate, ideate, ideate.
I was sitting at my laptop in the center atrium of Stanford’s design school when I spotted my professor, Bernie Roth. He gave me a serious look: “I hope you’re not thinking.” “No, no, no,” I assured him, shuffling some papers in an effort to create some semblance of activity. Yep, here at one of the world’s most prestigious universities, …
Design thinking is a mindset and a process. One that roughly follows the path of Empathy, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test.
I’m going to post pages from my sketchbook from some of the lectures I attend this semester. Last night’s was part of the Liberation Technology series and featured Harvard Law Professor Jonathan Zittrain discussing the ethical pitfalls and perils of crowdsourced jobs.
Every day I’d get emails or see flyers or hear about a lecture by some famous person, a film screening, a seminar by a leading economist, an art showing or a luncheon that would be great to go to. Except I had class.
Radu (’10) discusses the Investigative Dashboard website, part of an international initiative to encourage collaborative trans-national investigative reporting.
Rust (’10) discusses HearSay, a social news game that encourages users to curate and share stories.
Kuwayama (’10) discusses the One-Eight Project, which will combine original reporting from Afghanistan with aggregated reports from diverse sources and use the social web as its distribution medium.
Clark (’10) pursued several projects as she explored new forms of storytelling and news-gathering, using mobile phones and location-aware tools.
Lim (’10) discusses ways to empower journalists in Singapore to be stronger and not censor their work.
Duncan (’10) discusses Audionewspaper, and app that delivers personalized news to people on their smart phones.
Larson (’10) discusses The Future of Freelancing Conference, an unprecedented two-day gathering of freelance journalists, top editors, agents and experts at Stanford.
McGhee (’10) discusses his multimedia project, Journalism in the Age of Data.
Cuellar (’10) discusses the challenges of covering political transitions.
Trinidad (’10) discusses her initiative that focuses on the seeds of corruption among journalists in her country: low wages.
Anderson (’10) discusses ways to virtually connect families, schools and local communities around their common goals for students’ growth and academic success.
Arenstein (‘1) discusses his multiple entrepreneurial journalism projects – some he had set out to do and others that emerged from his experiences and interactions with Silicon Valley.
Herbert (’10) discusses the challenges facing television documentary makers working in science and other knowledge-based genres.
Finlayson (’10) discusses how four key trends — mobile, video, the semantic web and social media — are going to change journalism in the next five years.
Pallares (’10) discusses his plans for a multi-platform model of opinion journalism.
Fan (’10) discusses China File, a prototype a website or service that would showcase the best China reporting, regardless of publication.