Oceans by Design

Latest update January 16, 2019 Started on November 27, 2018
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An experimental and experiential course at the Stanford d.school, in partnership with the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions

November 27, 2018
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Mission Underway

Today we focused on empathy, a crucial facet of design thinking. How can we design for a user if we don't understand them? We also prepared to interview our project partners and advisors, who we will host at the d.school on Thursday.


To kick off the class, we watched a beautiful and provocative video of two women, both from island nations, reciting a poem that expresses their realities under climate change. Students reflected on the story of these women, as well as the delivery and impact of the poem. ... ... How does this video make you feel?

We were making waves last Thursday at the dschool just before we dove into preliminary framing around our three ocean issues. Our class happens in the afternoon, so we keep people moving to keep the energy flowing. Here's a "fish's eye view" of our session!

After the shipwreck, we were all in the water! The Queen of the ocean, Yemanjá (portrayed by the amazing Aleta Hayes), guided us to be calm and swim together to get through this disaster! We spent about an hour learning to swim and 'groove' with each other.
Why start a class about the ocean like that? We wanted to create a space where people are comfortable and happy working with each other. By dancing and swimming together we were learning not to be afraid of taking risks. We also learned about leading and following, and rotating roles within groups. Students seemed to love the session. Our Aleta-Yemanjá left us all inspired to start the quarter!

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Our cruise ship has run aground!!!
WHERE'S THE CAPTAIN????????? And we were just about to practice the waltz and play shuffleboard...

Oceans by Design officially launched it's expedition at the d.school yesterday. The team were waved off by Stanford's d.school and Center for Ocean Solutions staff. The class embarks on a mission to address three major oceans issues, i.e., marine pollution, climate change and illegal fishing.

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Bon Voyage! Our expedition started today! Stay tuned for some photos from our send-off!

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What a launch!! 💙💙💙

Preparation Stage

It's so cozy and quiet here at the d.school over winter break. Meanwhile, the expedition leaders (aka teaching team) are hurriedly gathering the necessary supplies for a successful launch on January 8th...


Watch this space!

Expedition Background

This course aims to combine marine science and policy with human-centered design thinking to address crucial ocean issues (specifically climate change, marine pollution, and overfishing). The class is made up of fellows, graduate students, and undergrads from departments throughout Stanford (like engineering, earth sciences, law, business, and humanities) and will be led by a multidisciplinary and international teaching team.

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