Out of the Minds of Babes – Lessons From Innovating Children
Posted by Plish on March 27, 2009
they invent things,
toys, games, friends, and…
This story of Spencer Rocco Whale’s trip to a hospital is both heartwarming and a lesson for all of us.
Spencer wasn’t a patient, he was a visitor.
In his own words: “Kids hospitalized with serious health conditions still like to play.”
Attaching the IV pole to a kiddie car so children can tool around with IV’s attached but not their parents.
Some great lessons here:
- Put yourself in the shoes of the user – really-vicariously look at the situation. (His quote says it all!)
- Pay attention to the needs of everyone involved! (Not just the children but the parents as well)
- If there is an intermediary in a system, try to eliminate it (In this case the parent running alongside with an IV pole)
- Improving quality of life can often be achieved through eliminating constraints
- Keep your eyes open for ways to help others
If you’re going to keep your eyes open, make sure you’re looking with the eyes of a child…