At its core, design thinking is a collaborative and ideally multidisciplinary approach. While traditional projects in the corporate world are usually based on cooperation, design thinking is based on collaboration.
Cooperation in this sense means that people work together as a team but are not necessarily all involved in all steps of the process. A design thinking team on the other hand ideally works together and creates together at all stages of the project. Co-creation, especially amongst a team that is multidisciplinary, unlocks vast amounts of creativity.
For example, an engineer could work with a social worker, a designer, a philosopher and a business expert to solve whatever challenge they are working on. This is a team consisting of “T-shaped persons”, where member has depth of knowledge in a given expertise, while also has the ability and willingness to reach out to others and to bridge the gap between the disciplines.