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

First Generation Alumni Mentoring

First Generation Alumni Mentoring

There is a huge untapped source of human capital that could revolutionize the support and mentoring that current first generation college students desperately want and need: first generation college student alumni. Colleges and universities are only beginning to realize the

First Generation Students Find Their Voice

First Generation Students Find Their Voice

This is a very exciting time to be a first generation college student! Today’s first gens are connecting, sharing ideas and advocating for themselves as a distinct group. In a three-part blog series on first generation students, I will explore

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

First Semester Crucial for First Gens

First Semester Crucial for First Gens

Making the transition from high school to college is challenging for just about every young person. But making the transition to college — especially surviving the first semester — is crucial for first generation students. What creative solutions can support

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

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

Different social class backgrounds affect transition to college

Different social class backgrounds affect transition to college

The majority of first generation and low-income students struggle to survive the transition from home to college because their experiences and social class backgrounds often leave them confused about the middle-class cultural norms that define university life. These students, especially

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