Undergraduate Blog / Author: David Hines

David Hines

The Fifth Stage of Team Development

I have spent the past three summers teaching leadership and outdoor skills at the National Advanced Youth Leadership Training Experience. The principal tool we used to teach team awareness was a model incorporating four stage of team development. However, during the final days International Development Design Summit (IDDS) I learned of an additional stage of team development about which I had…

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Managing Multilingual Communication

Staff members of the International Development Design Summit (IDDS) overcame language barriers by translating all presentations and activities into Kiswahili and English. Most participants spoke English although some East Africans only spoke Kiswahili and other Latin Americans only spoke Spanish. From observing the exchange between speakers, translators, and participants, I identified a few communication strategies which helped to make…

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A Learning Culture

“The tasks that are best for learning are often challenging ones that involve displaying ignorance and risking periods of confusion and errors.” Carol Dweck According to Carol Dweck, a Stanford University psychologist, there are two types of goals. Performance goals build upon knowledge or experience that one already possesses. One who pursues performance goals plays…

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Diversity at IDDS

From the moment I arrived, I felt that diversity was one of the strongest values of the International Development Design Summit and the broader International Development Innovation Network. The 50 Participants in the summit come from over 20 countries. Participants have varying degrees of academic and professional experience in disciplines such as industrial design, social work,…

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Arrival in Arusha

My name is David Hines. I have just arrived in Arusha, Tanzania to participate in the International Development Design Summit (IDDS) organized by MIT and USAID. As a participant, I will spend 5-weeks working on a cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural team. Through a process of user observations, idea generation, and prototype development and refinement, my team will…