Global Travel as Inspiration

Global Travel as Inspiration

Today more people than ever travel to international destinations.  And global travel can be so much more than running a marathon of museums. Think of global travel as inspiration — providing unique opportunities to exercise your creativity. Diverse and dedicated

Creativity Across Cultures

Creativity Across Cultures

Creativity across cultures is increasingly important in the 21st century. U.S. employers rate creativity as one of the top five skills that will increase in importance during the next five years. The specific role of culture in creativity is still

Hidden culture of Japan

Hidden culture of Japan

Japan is perhaps the most intricate, formal and “hidden” culture a western visitor will ever come into contact with — not just in terms of the well-known features like sumo, kabuki, or a tea ceremony, but penetrating into the deeper

Unpacking Design Thinking:  Empathy

Unpacking Design Thinking: Empathy

When is the last time your principal, executive director or boss asked you to redesign a curriculum, program or product launch by empathizing with students, grant recipients or consumers? Probably not recently. But in a world saturated with the memes

Unpacking Design Thinking:  Define

Unpacking Design Thinking: Define

Have you ever thought you defined a problem or solved a challenge by implementing your “pet idea” — an elegant product, groundbreaking system or awesome experience? No doubt, the solution itself was probably fantastic, but did it actually address the

Unpacking Design Thinking:  Ideate

Unpacking Design Thinking: Ideate

Ideate is the space in design thinking where individuals and teams elevate and celebrate the power of possibility.  It is the transition from identifying a particular question or problem to generating a wide variety of potential answers and solutions. It’s

Unpacking Design Thinking: Prototype

Unpacking Design Thinking: Prototype

Imagine going to your next meeting with a prototype instead of a cup of coffee and notepad. The prototype is an early model or experiment to rapidly create solutions to challenges and problems already defined and discussed by design thinkers.

Unpacking Design Thinking: Test

Unpacking Design Thinking: Test

If you made it to the test space, you really do have a good grasp of design thinking. Testing is the culmination of empathize–define–ideate–prototype spaces of design thinking.  Problems have been framed and potential solutions prototyped but teams have not

The Golden Chain of Innovation: the story of the railway

The Golden Chain of Innovation: the story of the railway

Most innovations do not come about through a solitary burst of inspiration. Rather, new breakthroughs are usually links in a golden chain of innovation.  Individuals and teams connect seemingly unrelated inventions and practices, repositioning them by asking new questions that

Education Innovation for Classroom Challenges

Education Innovation for Classroom Challenges

Teachers in the United States establish “maker spaces” in elementary classrooms.  School leaders in Peru develop a “blended learning” curriculum for low income students.  Students in Singapore enroll in an “Imagineering Programme” that leads to a certificate in problem solving