Design thinking has seen revolutionary transformations for the last few decades and has traveled an interesting path to reach where it stands right now! “Systems Thinking” is one of those innovative methodologies emerging out of the curiosity of today’s innovators.
This innovative thinking methodology fills most of the loopholes left by the conventional design thinking methods. The method considers a complete and holistic view of complex social challenges. Some people also think that a blend of these two methodologies will bring design thinking and innovation both. So, progressive innovation steps in this regard have already begun, and soon we may see a blast shortly!
Let us see first how this new thinking method is called design thinking for innovation.
Unlike design thinking, “Systems Thinking” has a…
- “System-focused” approach
- “Problem-oriented” approach
- Aspiration for healthy dynamics
Let’s understand why Systems Thinking is important with the explanation of every point mentioned above.
The design thinking approach is user-friendly, which prioritizes the understanding of problems of a core group of users. So, system-focused problems, issues are slightly underestimated here.
Design thinking methodology is the only solution-oriented. So, it hardly takes into account the details of systems over users. This makes this method less susceptible to system-focused environments.
Creative design thinking aspires for delight and use. That means it works to build creative solutions that meet the needs of users. The future perspective and healthy system dynamics are somewhat undervalued in this approach.
If these points are too complex for you to digest, let’s understand these concepts with a simple real-life example.
Consider the campaign of “One-Laptop-per-child” implemented worldwide by keeping a noble cause in mind. This project was successful in shipping laptops to the selected schools across the globe. However, the project somehow failed to address other dynamics in this campaign, such as the need to train the local teachers, create a proper infrastructure (along with the local governing bodies) to accommodate new laptops and machinery, address the electricity shortage issues in the mofussil areas of the countries, and so on!
Well, in the above example, it would be hard to say if only the Systems Thinking approach alone would have been proved efficient or not. To be on the safer side, it has been widely accepted to implement the perfect blend of both methodologies to overcome the losses and grab all the gains.