Designing for Purpose: Clarity around the ‘WHY’ with serious fun!

Like me, you have probably been in workshops and think-tank sessions designed to bring fresh ideas to the surface. Yet, the same-old processes are used and the same-old people take the floor and the same-old solutions are implemented. Senge calls this the problem-fix loop and to uncover fresh ideas this cycle requires deliberate disruption. HowContinue reading “Designing for Purpose: Clarity around the ‘WHY’ with serious fun!”

Collaboration – where do you begin? Six steps for your design team to get collaborative

A couple of days ago I concluded the three day Design for the Long Haul workshop with the team of teachers from an elementary school in Toronto. The ideas around learning design-thinking, collaboration and empathy mapping were relatively new to most of them. But they were up for the challenge. As a methodology, design-thinking isContinue reading “Collaboration – where do you begin? Six steps for your design team to get collaborative”

What could be made possible if schools were driven by empathy?

What could be made possible if schools were driven by empathy? Leadership: A consultative culture prevails Teachers: Focus on learning design not content delivery Students: Feel like they belong and their voice is valued, become co-designers Imagine the scene, I’ve found the perfect sofa. Colour and style matches with my dream for the space. I’veContinue reading “What could be made possible if schools were driven by empathy?”

Destination Christchurch NZ: An immersive professional learning experience.

Disruption has characterised this city. In February 2011, the land was disrupted by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake, causing significant loss of life and severe damage. Then in March 2019, there was ‘human’ disruption, with significant loss of life once again. I see a great sense of community and optimism in the people of Christchurch, whereContinue reading “Destination Christchurch NZ: An immersive professional learning experience.”

Design the Learning Ecosystem: Don’t forget ‘How’ after #StartWithWhy

Design. design /dɪˈzʌɪn/ (vb) decide upon the look and functioning of a building, garment, object, system or experience Innovative.innovative /ˈɪnəvətɪv/ (adj) new ideas; original and creative in thinking Innovative design is changing the the way we navigate our world, reimagining future opportunities, solving annoyingly small or significantly huge problems, or just plain helping people. Design thinking is applicable beyondContinue reading “Design the Learning Ecosystem: Don’t forget ‘How’ after #StartWithWhy”

Future of Learning: Empowering small ‘d’ designers

Why design matters “I believe it’s one of the most positive tools at our disposal to improve our quality of life”. Alice Rawsthorn, TED2016     The principles of design can be translated into everyday situations to make the world a better place. In her book, Design is an Attitude, Rawsthorn writes, “Whenever human beingsContinue reading “Future of Learning: Empowering small ‘d’ designers”

Teachers as designers: Reframing problems, How Might We…?

The view of teachers is evolving from technicians who implement the educational ideas and procedures of curriculum to teachers as designers of learning environments and as experts in the art and science of teaching. (OECD p.21). As designers of learning and learning environments, design thinking is a necessary skill for educators to learn and apply. However, professionalsContinue reading “Teachers as designers: Reframing problems, How Might We…?”

Simplicity & Nostalgia: A fractured fairytale of school.

Once, in a land that seems so far away, life was much simpler. Things were predictable. If you were successful in life, you went to school, learnt the stuff they told you to learn, passed your exams, studied your chosen vocation (chosen by whom was probably debatable), started a job, stayed in that job (andContinue reading “Simplicity & Nostalgia: A fractured fairytale of school.”

Culture & values must relate to everything, even school uniforms. Especially for girls

As students in Australia get ready to head back (or even start) school, many are making sure that they have the right gear, in this part of the work this usually includes the school uniform. In an era that we espouse so-called ‘21st century’ education, characterised by ‘choice, autonomy and flexibility’, the school uniform seemsContinue reading “Culture & values must relate to everything, even school uniforms. Especially for girls”

Innovating Education 101: From hierarchical to collegial leadership #innovatorsmindset

Just like the shift from the factory model of schooling, leadership in education (and in life) is transitioning from command and control, centralised power to shared and collegial model. The innovation trajectory of Atlassian, originally an Australian start-up, is remarkable and it has topped the BRW best place to work. Atlassian understands the idea of change and agility:Continue reading “Innovating Education 101: From hierarchical to collegial leadership #innovatorsmindset”