Content Series – Card Sorting


How everyone perceives information is different and our brain puts the different information it is presented with into different categories. Card sorting is one tool we can use to actually see how our brains divide different kinds of information into different classes.

Card sorting can be applied to all disciplines, be it planning for daily activities, or that you want to find out how people think your content should be organized and to get user insights before making certain decisions.”


The speaker, Gumiso Chisi is an ambitious and goal orientated lady who believes in equal opportunities. She also believes that economics shapes today’s world and will continue to shape the future. To her, economics and creativity are an important combination, thus, her love for design thinking. “It seems that design thinking spans across every discipline and should be a number one starter pack to any project. When I am not engulfed in planning my future business endeavors I cook and bake, read novels, swim or listen to music.”

During the session, different teams of students were given a set of cards and had to put these into categories which were appropriate.Though the same cards were given to each team, they came up with were completely different categories with different names.”It is not easy and some of the words seem not to fit into any of the classes we have created” said one of the students, when asked to describe how the process was like.



Content Series -“Observation vs. Interpretation”


What? –        The Design Thinking Content Series powered by the Ashesi D:Lab

Speaker? –     Francisca Adu

Francisca Adu, a freshman spoke about the importance of observation and interpretation as part of the design thinking process. She highlighted the fact that, identifying a problem which is the gateway to problem-solving actually starts with observation and the ability to tell what the information gathered means. She wants to impact this knowledge in other people so that they will be more critical about their environment as the solution to problems is all around.

She says “I’ve always been passionate about the concept of Economics and its disciplines. At Ashesi, I aspire to obtain a degree in Business Administration so that I can support many aspects of businesses in Ghana, especially solving complex business problems in accounting, finance, marketing and human resource that would be useful into boosting economic growth in the country. If I’m not busy being fascinated by economic issues, I’m either dancing or watching series.”


She belives design thinking is very important and can help absolutely anyone to be more creative at not just solving problems but performing little task on a daily basis. Design Thinking is part of the Foundation of Design and Entrepreneurship course students take to help boost their problem solving skills. This mostly takes place in the design lab which is a creative space where students can explore even outside of class; come up with projects and basically develop their creative prowesses. Sessions like the Content Series gives students the opportunity to tell people about a topic or idea they find interesting while the maker sessions help students to do hands on activities like building applications and solar powered batteries.



Francisca says”I really appreciate the design thinking process because it’s challenged me to be broad-minded when finding solutions to problems and how to be innovative and creative in this process. What is even more fascinating about this process is that you’d always arrive at a consensus that would serve as a stepping stone for the subsequent processes.”

Content Series: Open-ended questions vs Closed-ended questions in Design Thinking Research



Melinawo Vowotor’s bio: I belong to Ashesi University’s second batch of aspiring engineers. I am currently in affiliation (CEO) to an FDE venture called “Frozen Inc.” that seeks to find sustainable ways of preventing the losses of food incurred during power outages. I love sports, movies, photography and especially music and Game of Thrones! I believe design thinking is the foremost approach to handling any situation be it a problem to solve or a dilemma to tackle, and that the school of thought surrounding it encourages me and other like-minded people to challenge ourselves and face the problems all around us.

Analogizing and Biomimicry


What? – The Design Thinking Content Series powered by the Ashesi D:Lab

Speaker? –  Genesis Nchopereu

When? – Monday, 21st November 2016

Time? – 4:25 PM – 5:30 PM

Where? – McNulty Foundation Design Lab, King Engineering Building 102

Topic for this week? – Analogizing and Biomimicry e.g. Aravind and Shinkansen


Genesis Nchopereu is a Cameroonian and sophomore Engineering student at Ashesi. He is very passionate about design thinking and entrepreneurship. At Ashesi, Genesis is an MCF scholar, President of the International student community, FDE lead Coach and the Clinton Global Initiative University campus representative. He is the founder of V-Clic, one of AVA’s ventures, and Agrichot, an agribusiness venture. Prior to coming to Ashesi, Genesis ran design thinking workshops in Cameroon and South Africa, including tailored workshops for Pioneer Nations and LEVI’S. He also interned for Coca-Cola South Africa in 2015.  Genesis aspires to be one of the top entrepreneurs in Africa in 2025

Sense-Making: Analyzing Research Data


What? – The Design Thinking Content Series powered by the Ashesi D:Lab

Speaker? –  Purity Musau

When? – Monday, 7th November 2016

Time? – 4:25 PM – 5:30 PM

Where? – McNulty Foundation Design Lab, King Engineering Building 102

Topic for this week? – Sense-Making: Analyzing Research Data.

Purity Musau is a sophomore majoring in Business administration. She is passionate about design thinking and a great supporter of the Ashesi Design Lab. She is interested in design and fashion and thinks that the world is ruled by design thinkers. She is an active member and leader of the Ashesi Agribusiness and Sustainable Development ‘Club’ in the school. She believes highly in leadership and thinks that leaders do not need a position to perform. With the knowledge and skills gained in the design lab and the FDE course she hopes to be part of the small circle of people who are going to change the world by solving community problems through design thinking. Purity was part of a team of students who took part in improving the teaching of FDE over the summer break.

Design Thinking the Election Monitoring Process


What? – The Design Thinking Content Series powered by the Ashesi D:Lab

Speaker? –  Margaret Odero

When? – Monday 31st October 2016

Time? – 4:25pm – 5:30pm

Where? – McNulty Foundation Design Lab, King Engineering Building 102

Topic for this week? – Design thinking the elections monitoring process



Margaret Odero is a sophomore student in the pioneer engineering class, majoring in electrical engineering in Ashesi University. A member of The Mobile Trolley FDE venture that provided quality delivery services. Also, she took part in the summer d-lab mobile project that involved redefining the Ashesi FDE curriculum. She aspires to use design thinking to explore technologies that will automate most of manufacturing processes in Africa for better production.


Ashesi D:lab Content Series (Innovation for Social Change)

Emmanuel presented a very compelling case for the need of innovation in bringing impact and change in society. He tapped from his growing experience in agriculture to lead a discussion around the process one can use to innovate around a social challenge.


Placing attendants into small teams, Emmanuel assigned them the task of analyzing cases of need in particular sectors of agriculture and finally to innovate interventions for the challenges using any ideation tool of their choice.


Emmanuel Derry Wanye, the speaker for the event, is a daring and adventurous youth studying Management Information Systems and in his sophomore year at Ashesi University. With his ever-bulging passion for agriculture, he hopes to hone knowledge, skills, and expertise to transform agriculture in Ghana and beyond. He is currently the project lead for the Ashesi Design Lab farm modeling Project; which has created an organic farm to serve as a learning center for other students to have hands-on learning along the agricultural value chain. He believes “learning” is what prevents a lean and indecisive brain; tossed to and fro by the tides of ignorance into the grips of poverty”