Design Thinking goes to college

Design Thinking goes to college

Recently I had the opportunity to facilitate a design thinking workshop at an extraordinary first generation college student conference held at Brown University (1vyG). First gens face a myriad of challenges as they make the sometimes difficult transition from home to

Design thinking exercises our creativity

Design thinking exercises our creativity

Entrepreneurs, students and community activists use design thinking to solve complex problems. And through its process of solving problems and conquering challenges, design thinking forces us to exercise our brains as creative thinkers and doers. A recent article in the

Finding solutions with visual thinking

Finding solutions with visual thinking

If you want to find unexpected solutions to complex problems, then you had better consider adding visual thinking to your problem solving repertoire. Visual thinking, the use and exploration of multi-dimensional images as tools for communication, understanding and creative problem

Design Thinking in Preschool

Design Thinking in Preschool

Design thinking — a dynamic and fluid iterative approach to problem solving has captured the imagination of educators and kids alike with its emphasis on the intuitive creativity we all remember from childhood. I wondered if our tiniest students, preschoolers

Playfulness, Courage, Agility and Love

Playfulness, Courage, Agility and Love

I am always on the lookout for examples of the creative process to inspire educational practices. And bingo (or slots in my case), I found it in Las Vegas at the Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson ONE show. This breathtaking barrage

Visual thinking and student learning

Visual thinking and student learning

When I think about educational practices we should scale in 2015, I think about visual thinking and student learning. It is widely accepted that people have a better memory for images than words. Think about an icon or symbol and

Design thinking for Kids

Design thinking for Kids

“Often schools are teaching kids things they might never need to know again. We’re not teaching them how to be creative, or design, … or deal with unexpected situations. A lot of people are aware that we really need to

The world in general disapproves of creativity

The world in general disapproves of creativity

“The world in general disapproves of creativity,” wrote Isaac Asimov. In a 1959 letter to a team of scientists at MIT, the great science fiction writer advised his colleagues to prepare themselves for disapproval. Creative ideas would appear outlandish and

Creativity is a skill, not a mighty mystery

Creativity is a skill, not a mighty mystery

Thinking about creativity as a skill, not a mighty mystery, makes it accessible to all of us. Too many people still think of creativity as a mystery — the exclusive property of the very intellectually gifted or a bolt of

Photograph tells secret

Photograph tells secret

A photograph is a secret about a secret.  The more it tells you the less you know.                            — Diane Arbus Sometimes a pain is so deep that