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Scheme the impossible! Turn your vision into reality! Transform what if into what’s next! Discover how to make your ideas work for you with this transformative guide from Stanford University’s d.school.
“An operator’s manual to design thinking.”—John Maeda, Vice President of Design and Artificial Intelligence at Microsoft
Possibility is the ability to see something in your imagination and materialize it in real life. You already possess (almost) everything you need to make things happen—Make Possibilities Happen helps you find your way.
Discover tools and strategies for overcoming the hang-ups that prevent you from getting things done or even starting. Learn exercises for building the creative capacity of your brain. Explore ways to build on the momentum of your work so that you can keep going. Award-winning author Grace Hawthorne shares insights, ideas, and activities from the Stanford University d.school courses she teaches, as well as scientific research and entrepreneurial escapades to get you thinking productively toward making possibilities a reality.
It’s hard to begin, uncomfortable to not know, natural to question yourself, easy to be impatient, and challenging to swallow setbacks. This book addresses all of these hurdles and walks you through four main stages of turning your idea into reality: SEE (imagine what’s to come), START (just begin, this is everything), DO (show up and work), and FINISH (follow through).
You can positively alter your life—and other people’s lives—by making the inklings of your imagination real. All you need to do is pick up this book and START.
About the Author
Grace Hawthorne is an entrepreneur, artist, author, and educator. She is the founder and CEO of Paper Punk, an award-winning origami and LEGO mashup, and d.school professor, where she teaches courses on creativity and failure and capacity building, covered by Scientific American and Wired magazine. Previously, she cofounded ReadyMade and co-authored the critically acclaimed book by the same name. Her artwork has been exhibited in several national museums including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum Triennial. The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, known as the d.school, was founded at Stanford University in 2005. Each year, nearly a thousand students from all disciplines attend classes, workshops, and programs to learn how the thinking behind design can enrich their own work and unlock their creative potential.
“Hawthorne lays out an operator’s manual to design thinking instead of the regular ‘creativity’ blah blah. She aptly frames the fact that organizations and individuals work at different speeds—and first gear definitely isn’t the only mode for everyone or every task. Make Possibilities Happen is the ten speed bicycle workout for the mind that humanity needs right now.”—John Maeda, Vice President of Design and Artificial Intelligence at Microsoft
“Buy this book. Read it. Do the exercises. What you’ll learn will pay you back a hundred-fold.”—Stefan Sagmeister, designer
“Make Possibilities Happen is the boost your brain needs to transform your thoughts into action. The ideas and hacks in this book will help you sidestep invisible landmines and move from creation to completion with ease. It will be a helpful asset for anyone trying to bring new possibilities to life.”—David Kelley, founder, IDEO and the Stanford d.school