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

Designing Systems and Experiences

Designing Systems and Experiences

When you think of design and design thinkers, do you visualize professional designers and engineers creating new products?  Is it difficult to imagine yourself in that group? In fact, design thinking is not only about professional designers creating innovative products.  Design

Visual Thinking with Mind Mapping

Visual Thinking with Mind Mapping

Visual thinking can sometimes be better than words when brainstorming, asking questions and connecting ideas previously thought to be unconnectable. And mind mapping makes visual thinking come alive.  The old saying, “a photo is worth a thousand words” is certainly

Design Thinking for Social Good

Design Thinking for Social Good

Knowledge Without Borders™ used design thinking for social good to implement a user-centered solution for a school in a poor district of Lima, Peru.   For several years I represented Knowledge Without Borders™ in a philanthropic project at the Madre Admirable

What is Design Thinking?

What is Design Thinking?

Design thinking is a dynamic and fluid approach to problem solving that has captured the imagination of innovators in education and philanthropy, as well as entrepreneurs around the globe. Originally focused on the exclusive domain of engineering, design thinking has

Design Thinking and Innovation in Istanbul

Design Thinking and Innovation in Istanbul

  Located on Istanbul’s Asian side of the Bosphorus Strait, Kadiköy is a bustling municipality with a diverse population of more than 500,000 professionals, artists, workers and their families.  Its street markets are stocked with fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, Turkish

Imagination to Invention

Imagination to Invention

Would you expect to see a patent held by Michael Jackson for anti-gravity shoes at the National Archives in Washington, DC? An exhibit, “Making the Mark: Stories through Signatures,” features selected signatures complemented  by documents and artifacts to illustrate the

Success for first generation college students

Success for first generation college students

According to the College Board, one out of every three 5-17 years in the United States is a first generation student.  A first generation student is an individual from a family in which neither parent has gone to college or

Technology of the Future and Design Thinking

Technology of the Future and Design Thinking

Imagine a future where tiny robots carry medicine directly to a cancer tumor in the body, completely destroying the tumor with no toxic side effects. That is the promise of nanotechnology as applied to medicine and biotechnology — a new

Creativity is the Nature of Science

Creativity is the Nature of Science

Wading through the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), one cannot help but notice the references to creativity.   The NGSS guide us along the paths of eight understandings about the nature of science, one of which is “Science is a