Collaborative design thinking workshop focuses on eliminating plastic waste

Education at Appalachian State University means preparing students to live as engaged global citizens working to create a sustainable future for all. A recent collaboration between the Walker College of Business’s Holland Fellows program and College of Fine and Applied Arts faculty focused on design thinking is offering a group of students a unique opportunity to do just that.

The Holland Fellows, a group that includes 12 Appalachian students and 12 students from the University of Fudan in Shanghai, is an annual six-month international impact exchange program that provides students with the tools and strategies to develop breakthrough business models.

The 24 students collaborate both in-person and remotely throughout each spring semester on a faculty-introduced challenge, and eventually present their findings at the annual Shanghai Forum in May. Every March, the Chinese students spend several days in Boone with their Appalachian counterparts, and Holland Fellows program’s director, Walker College of Business Lecturer Jesse Pipes, introduced a different collaboration method during their visit this year.

“I wanted to breathe new life into the program,” he shared. “Traditionally, the students write a paper and give a Power Point presentation together...  (Click View Original for full story)

D. Jason Miller, associate professor in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, facilitates a design thinking workshop with the Holland Fellows encouraging them to think outside the box while developing business plans and solutions to eliminate plastic waste. Photo by Chase Reynolds
Published: Mar 29, 2019 3:05pm