The heart of our ISP Mission is to prepare learners to adapt and contribute to our changing world by engaging them in an authentic global education.

In order to realise this mission, we examine trends to better anticipate what may be “life worthy learning.”

“Design Thinking” is a structured, engaging and dynamic process that develops learners’ empathy while developing critical and creative thinking, as the learner generates and develops ideas for identified needs (see this video for a two minute video intro to Design Thinking. Tinkering, making, and/or inventing for authentic needs provide powerful opportunities for learners to fail and bounce back from getting stuck, nurturing the key dispositions for future success: risk-taking, tenacity, resilience, and grit.

This fourth session of the 2014-15 ISP Edge in Education series at the International School of Prague discusses “Design Thinking: How can we inspire our learners to act with empathy, while applying critical and creative thinking to meet authentic needs.” As stated in “Design Thinking for Educators” from the d. School at Stanford University, “Design Thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. That kind of optimism is well needed in education.”

Attendees were asked to watch this five-minute video before the meeting – it’s about a teenager using Design Thinking to authentically contribute to the world.