Creativity = experience, observation, imagination

Creativity = experience, observation, imagination

“Creativity has much to do with experience, observation and imagination, and if any one of those key elements is missing, it doesn’t work.” — Bob Dylan, 2011 The seismic creativity of Bob Dylan is reflected in his music and art.

Equitable outcomes and the value of high school intervention

Equitable outcomes and the value of high school intervention

The goal of equitable outcomes in education and the economy is shared by governmental and educational leaders throughout the world. Researchers have concluded that early interventions up to and including high school can change the direction of low-income students’ lives.

Creativity in the clouds

Creativity in the clouds

I visited the recently opened Duoyun Book Store, “Books above the Clouds,” on the 52nd floor of Pudong’s Shanghai Tower, the city’s tallest building. There I saw the end result of a design project spearheaded by Wutopia Labs. This cultural

Real and perceived social mobility

Real and perceived social mobility

Social inequality is the root of our discontent – Chris Hedges How likely is someone to move up the economic ladder? A study by Alberto Alesina, Stefanie Stantcheva and Edoardo Teso of Harvard University compares the perceptions and realities of

Photos Without Borders

Photos Without Borders

Photos of people and places throughout the world …

Design thinking and culture, Part II, China

Design thinking and culture, Part II, China

How does culture influence design thinking? Reflecting on my participation in and observation of design thinking, I made the assumption it was a process, uninformed by culture. While such an assumption is questionable in any culture, it is especially problematic

Design thinking and culture, Part I

Design thinking and culture, Part I

Knowledge Without Borders asserts that teaching young people design thinking is a way to introduce the critical thinking processes crucial to success in education and employment. Educators and employers agree. For example, the Pratt Institute’s Young Architects program “… demonstrates that classes

First-generation college students among those affected by food insecurity

First-generation college students among those affected by food insecurity

Education is the key that often opens the door to a better life for first-generation low-income college students. The United States claims to have the best higher education system in the world. But too many students are struggling not only

Small change can make the difference for first-generation students

Small change can make the difference for first-generation students

A new project addresses the financial challenges faced by first-generation low-income students by providing access to small-dollar grants for items such as books, food, and clothing. Yes, you read it correctly. The systemic lack of funds for the small purchases

Refugee students cherish US education and freedom

Refugee students cherish US education and freedom

Refugee students arriving from countries around the world still retain their hope in the freedom offered in the United States, despite President Trump’s anti-immigrant sentiments. Here are some opinions of refugee students in New York City preparing to enter public