I discovered via Anamorphosis : The San Hose Business reports Stanford University and the Hasso-Plattner-Institute have announced a $16 million research partnership in which they will investigate "design thinking," a methodology that melds an end-user focus with multidisciplinary collaboration and iterative improvement to produce products, services or experiences.
I like the approach at the Design School at Stanford : "We tackle difficult messy problems that demand interdisciplinary solutions". It is a place where people use design thinking to solve big problems. I particularly like their descriptions of their prototypes - "imperfect and ever evolving". The projects and attitude is most definitely inspiring and full of positivity!