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 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

Entrepreneurship and Experiential Learning

Entrepreneurship and Experiential Learning

The realization that there is no right answer led college graduate, Sam Porter, to understand the power of applied learning as a young entrepreneur. He talked to Knowledge Without Borders™ about his innovative and entrepreneurial project at Brandeis and its impact

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

Creativity and Education

Creativity and Education

In January 2014, the family of jazz great Max Roach donated his papers to the Library of Congress.  One of the items on display was his childhood report card.  Roach was a D student in music!  Those Ds, however, did

Connecting College to Workforce Needs

Connecting College to Workforce Needs

As workforce demands for highly skilled workers accelerate, it is essential for higher education institutions to partner with the private sector …

Characteristics of Creative People

Characteristics of Creative People

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his landmark study, Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, identified several prominent characteristics of creative people  He defines creativity as “any act, idea or product that changes an existing domain (e.g., science, art, music), or that transforms an

Innovation Spurred by STEM

Innovation Spurred by STEM

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education is a critical component in the education of all students that contributes to economic vitality in a borderless global society.  Top math and science performer Singapore, as measured by PISA (Programme for International