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How Design Thinkers Could Help Ancient Near Eastern Studies

A Proposal to Involve Innovation Experts to Strengthen ANES for Future Challenges

Gösta Gabriel

Abstract

The agents and institution of Ancient Near Eastern Studies face a variety of challenges (e.g. destructions by ISIL, declining financial resources) that could benefit from problem-solving experts. Design Thinkers are trained experts in this field who employ a down-to-earth process derived from the work of designers. They develop innovative and feasible solutions in diverse, multidisciplinary teams. This paper proposes to co-operate with the School of Design Thinking at Potsdam University, which is one of two leading institutions of design thinking education worldwide. This would help to raise the awareness of the significance Ancient Near Eastern Studies have for our cultural heritage and how they provide highly valuable input to theories of other disciplines. Altogether, the outcome of a co-operation would augment Ancient Near Eastern Studies’ impact on society and politics and, hence, alter the way they are perceived by decision-makers.

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Published Online: 2016-11-29
Published in Print: 2016-12-1

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