You are here


Stage 2:Empathize Stage
Assignment: In Their Shoes

There’s nothing like taking a walk in another person’s shoes to develop empathy.  See for yourself how everyday activities can be more complicated for English language learners or anyone who finds themselves in a situation where they are faced with a language barrier.  This activity requires a little prep work by the teacher…read the instructions before the students arrive.  To complete the activity and earn the Miyake Badge, upload photos and text or video and audio describing your experience.  Hover over the badge on your team page to learn how empathy led to the creation of the tactile paving you see on sidewalks and train platforms.  Why is empathy an important skill for designers to develop?