Post-Industrial Design School A Conversation between Faculty Gary Chou and Christina Xu

by Jason R. February 13, 2017

Iteration 1 of Entrepreneurial Design (2012), and guest speaker Khoi Vinh.

Christina Xu and Gary Chou have been running their Entrepreneurial Design class since 2012, and it has become an integral part of the student's journeys.

The course challenges students to make $1,000 by the end of the semester by launching an original idea. Through this exercise, students are required to confront a number of challenges and learn experientially along the way. Rather than teach students to be entrepreneurs, the course aims to teach them to be entrepreneurial in their pursuits: confronting uncertainty, building networks, and learning to launch their own ideas.

One of the benefits of making the students work in the real world is that it puts all of us—the students and the instructors—on the same team. Whether the students hit their $1,000 goal is up to the world, not us. So in the course, we are their coaches and allies working with them, not grading or judging them.

– Christina Xu

One of the benefits of making the students work in the real world is that it puts all of us—the students and the instructors—on the same team. Whether the students hit their $1,000 goal is up to the world, not us. So in the course, we are their coaches and allies working with them, not grading or judging them.

Their new essayPost-Industrial Design School, is a record of a June 20, 2016 conversation where Christina and Gary talk about their lessons learned. The foreword is by faculty Paul Ford, and it was edited by program chair Liz Danzico.

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