Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft will joining us on Oct. 22nd to talk innovation in education. They are leaders at Stanford’s d.school (the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design), where Stanford students and faculty trained in a broad range of disciplines work together to find solutions to the world’s messy problems. Kids K-12 can benefit too. The mindset that comes from innovative, breakthrough thinking can give kids the tools they will need to learn in the 21st century. Scott Dorley and Scott Witthoft offer some tips to get your mind into an innovative place:

Scott Doorley

1. Develop a bias toward action
2. Go ahead and fail. Fail early!
3. Embody things through prototypes. Make one!
4. Walk around and talk to people.
5. Share – display your work in progress.
6. Reflect, lean back, discuss.
7. Maybe take the team outside.

To prepare kids for success in the future, both Scotts advocate abandoning preconceptions that kids “shouldn’t fail” and that they should “work alone”.

Scott Witthoft
The d.school lab offers a great example of these ideas in action – it’s a moveable, gently disordered space, where innovators are encouraged to be a little messy, leave out their toys and move around. Says David Kelley, the founder of Stanford’s d.school: “The space isn’t precious. The whole culture of the place says ‘we’re looking for better ideas,’ not ‘keep your feet off the furniture’.”

Great news for busy parents: messy is good for you.

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