Spiritual Design Thinking
Spiritual Design Thinking was born out of my doctoral dissertation at Fuller Theological Seminary.
My research looked at how church-going technology end-users in Silicon Valley incorporated technology into their spiritual lives. I was surprised to find that these individuals incorporated technology into their spiritual lives with very little direction and training from their churches or pastors. The practices reported in my research were organic products of people’s own creativity and ingenuity. These individuals used technology as a convenience tool to overcome the various life constraints that they faced in their personal lives.
This led me to explore a new model of spiritual formation that was culturally relevant, technologically informed, and spiritually attuned to the technologically empowered culture of the 21st century. In creating the Spiritual Design Thinking model, I used Stanford Design School’s model of design thinking as a theoretical framework and starting point. From there, I incorporated Appreciative Inquiry and 10x thinking into a new model of spiritual formation that addressed some of the challenges and leveraged many of the opportunities found within high-tech contexts such as Silicon Valley.
The Spiritual Design Thinking Model above illustrates this new iterative process.