"Design thinking" is a concept that has been promoted by the Silicon Valley-based global design company IDEO. Based on my experience of working at IDEO as a design consultant, I incorporate this design thinking into my education and research.
When we think of our lives today, we are unable to disconnect from the social issues that the world is currently confronting, such as environmental problems and the low birth rate and aging society problem. Design thinking is attracting attention as a method to identify these kinds of social issues and help to solve them through innovation. Design thinking is for identifying problems such as "creating 1 from 0", which are difficult to consider with logical thinking alone.
In design thinking, issues are not just solved technologically, but are considered based on mainly human (desirability), business (viability), and technology (feasibility) aspects together. Design thinking is also unlike traditional design such as model-making. What's special about design thinking is that it uses the design methods that have been cultivated until this point in the design world, such as "visualization" through the sketching of ideas, and "prototyping" through quickly making prototypes with the tools at hand, and joins people with a diverse range of expertise and background work together to creatively identify and solve problems.