The Open Minds Curriculum is an informal education module for students aged 16-30 that explores and develops radical inclusion in design. It is structured in six key phases, delivered in two 3-hour meetings and one week-long Creative Innovation Lab.
The curriculum aims to provide students with an understanding and awareness of radical inclusion and to develop skills in co-design methodologies to facilitate radical inclusion through design, prototyping, cross-domain innovation, and collaboration.
The course has no educational prerequisites and focuses on a broad diversity of backgrounds, including those with disabilities. The course’s six phases are scenario building, research, assumption testing, solution proposal, prototyping, and testing and demonstration.
By the end of the course, students will be able to identify and define real accessible solutions that take radical inclusion into account, as well as demonstrate a better understanding of how to cooperate with people with different abilities, needs, and backgrounds collaboratively. Skills developed include technological prototyping, interpersonal communication skills, increased awareness of radical inclusion and accessibility, design skills, and research skills.
Read the full curriculum outline here.