Watch This: Why We Need to Teach Thinking Skills

Are we teaching young people to be followers not leaders? We’ve been reading Seth Godin’s ‘Stop Stealing Dreams’ this week – and as a result discovered this brilliant TEDx talk from Dr Derek Cabrera.

Dr Cabrera explains why we need to teach young people more than just how to be good at school  – we need to teach them how to be good at life…and for this, they need to learn four key thinking skills.

A must watch for educators, parents, and anyone who believes in the transformative power of learning.

Find out more about Dr Cabrera’s reasearch at:

Self Organised Learning Environments

If you present people with problems, their natural curiosity, creativity and ability to collaborate will lead them to teach themselves to solve it.

This is the central idea of Sugata Mitra’s TED award-winning approach to learning called ‘SOLE’ (Self Organised Learning Environments).

The idea of self-organisation and collaborative learning is a tantalising prospect.  Is it time to ditch our Victorian model of education and perhaps even ditch the idea that we need formal schools?

“It’s not about making learning happen, it’s about letting it happen” Sugata Mitra

In a compelling argument for open access, self-organised learning  he asks “are we heading towards a situation where knowing is obsolete?”, and if so, what will self-organised problem solving enable us to do because we’re no longer holding on to knowing enough to pass the test?

Get involved

Step 1: Watch the video:

Step 2: Now, download the toolkit and get involved!


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5 Amazing Books on the Future of Design

Design thinking is transforming our world.  Taking a problem-based view of business, learning, creativity, philosophy and the science – using the tools and techniques of design – can bring about amazing new solutions to the challenges we face in our hyper-speed societies.

Check out these 5 transformational books that are helping people make the shift to design-thinking…

1. Design-thinking Made Visual – GK VanPatter and Elizabeth Pastor

2. This Is Service Design – Martin Stickdorn and Jakob Schneider

What makes the difference to how customers or clients feel about an organisation or product when the tangible elements of are the same? Service design…

This book shows how organisations can use design thinking  to transform their service design and delivery.

3. Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Toolkit for Managers – Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie

How can businesses harness design thinking to help them grow?  Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie’s ‘toolkit’ for managers, uses design-thinking principles to create a method for designing business models to take businesses through the growth barrier.

4.  Business Model Generation – Alexander Osterwalder amd Yves Pigneur

The international bestseller and classic text on using design-thinking techniques to create a simple, one-page business model that is flexible, adaptable and easy to articulate.  We can’t recommend this highly enough if you’re struggling with writing a ‘formal’ business plan.

5. GK VanPatter on Design Futures


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