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Creative Wandering - A pathway to Design Thinking, Creative Confidence, Systems Thinking and beyond for Youngsters.

This IDEA is for youngsters. It's a long-term potential solution to "Imagine a future in which our youngsters will be adept at engaging emergent Chaos & Complexity with grit and ease. A future in which they emerge as NextGen Empathetic and Insightful - Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Conscious Business Leaders and Professionals in chosen fields of their calling." Once the requisite thinking frameworks suggested in the attached PDF have been embodied by our Youngsters, the challenge of: “How might we build better employment opportunities and pathways for young people around the world? “. Will be in the hands of gritty, empathetic, insightful emergent leaders who will co-create a tomorrow that we wish were here today!. -Problem solved!.

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Please download the attached pdf for details.

The thinking frameworks such as Design Thinking, Systems Thinking, Entrepreneurial Thinking, Leadership Thinking, Polarity Thinking, Agile Thinking, Lean Thinking and Creative Confidence methods have been used very successfully  in specific situations depending on the context and scale of the problem on hand.

MIT’s Peter Senge had said some time back that Youngsters have the innate ability to understand interdependencies and change, they have the innate ability to be in a state of awareness of the unfolding of things. They also have the innate ability to sense how systems around them function. However there is not much being done to cultivate these abilities in later life

The endeavour here would be cultivate and nurture these abilities from a young age until the youth are ready to step out of school or college.

Several schools have successfully integrated Design Thinking, Systems Thinking and other frameworks in their curriculum. However what is being proposed here is the "Creative Wandering" framework which will help Youngsters to pick and choose and mix and match from these well proven framworks and the evolving space of "Creative Wandering" can transcend and include new frameworks of thinking as and when they make their appearance in our world.

By making youngsters experientially aware of Grit, Empathy, Insight and Emergence while the Thinking frameworks are being introduced to them youngsters will be able to pursue these methods with the required Grit. The experiential learning of empathy will help them build sustainable systems, products and personal lives. The experiential learning of drawing insights in the continuous process of life will enable them to innovate both in Industry as well as their personal lives. The experiential learning of engaging emergence will prepare them to joyfully deal with chaos, complexity and un-certainity.

Like I have said somewhere:
Grit, Empathy, Insight and Emergence ( GEn IE) will be the key pillars on which I envision these workshops to unfold. Truly a GEnIE at our disposal for life!

The reason why it will succeed is:
Once the requisite thinking frameworks suggested in the attached PDF have been embodied by our Youngsters, the challenge of:

“How might we build better employment opportunities and pathways for young people around the world? “.

Will be in the hands of gritty, empathetic, insightful emergent leaders who will co-create a tomorrow that we wish were here today!. - Problem solved!.[Period]

The questions I have for the community are:
Traditionally we would jump right in, to find quick fixes to this openIDEO challenge by coming up with as many solutions as possible in a very short time.

Can we go down that path without thinking about the un-intended consequences?. Especially if the problem is complex. (Please see backup slides in my detailed PDF for a good example)

Also haven’t we reached where we are today precisely by using traditional methods?

Do we want to prove Albert Einstein wrong when he said -  "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.“ ??

So another question would be:
Can we take a long term approach to get this right by giving adequate thought to existing and new Thinking frameworks that are being very successfully used in specific situations depending on the context and scale of the problem on hand. Paying attention to un-intended consequences on our way…???

One last question is  "Can we Together  co-create this possibility for tomorrow, today!."???


PS: Please read through the attached PDF (presentation) for details on "Creative Wandering - A Pathway to Design Thinking, Creative Confidence, Systems Thinking and beyond for Youngsters"

Who does this idea benefit, who are the main players and what's in it for them?

This idea can benefit Youngsters between the age of 10 to 24. However most of the benefit will accrue if the Youngsters undergo these experiential workshops in a sustained manner from age 10 to age 24, each year undergoing the experiential workshops on frameworks that are presently mentioned and others as they make their appearance on the world arena and choose to drive the experiences themselves based on their own needs. However these age groups need not be cast in stone since the experiential learning can be tuned to the requirements of all age groups from Kindergarten to College and then of course once you understand it's value make it a life long learning experience since we all know how dynamic life is and we need to constantly deal with it's uncertainty, complexity and chaos joyfully!.

How is your idea specifically increasing access to employment opportunities and pathways for young people?

Please read the attached PDF to understand how this idea increases access to employment opportunities and pathways for young people. However this IDEA does not propose any quick-fixes. By taking a long term approach to get this right by giving adequate thought to existing and new Thinking frameworks that are being very successfully used in specific situations depending on the context and scale of the problem on hand. Paying attention to un-intended consequences on our way we can seed an emergent future in which our youngsters will have increased access to employment opportunities and pathways. Imagine what can happen if Youngsters become experientially aware that : 1) Human systems are messy, they frequently need focus and alignment. 2) To understand the complexity, they need to discover the underlying rhythm, the order by which things repeat themselves. This is where we can look at a ‘sutra’ from an ancient Sanskrit text: “Jnanam bandaha”, is the second sutra in the Siva Sutras and means roughly, knowledge is bondage. Later in the text, we are also told that knowledge alone liberates. It is a delicious paradox for contemplation.   The reason I quote this here is that we can end up in bondage if we were to rely on our knowledge of one framework or one model for all kinds of scenarios. But the knowledge of developing the ability to hold multiple perspectives and being able to hold contradictions in the same space can be really liberating. Hence “Creative Wandering!”   Next-Gen youngsters increasingly need to deal with many disciplines and worldviews to consider and consult in addressing issues. They also need to deal with an abundance of perspectives. But without a way of linking, leveraging, correlating, and aligning these perspectives, the youngster’s contribution to the problems faced are largely lost or compromised.   The next-gen Youngster must realize that every word and every language is a model. All maps and statistics, books and databases, equations and computer programs are models. So are the ways in which they picture the world in their heads — their mental models. None of these is or ever will be the real world.

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Please take a look at the attached PDF. Also please take a look at the YouTube URL's of the first pilot experiment that was done and another pilot that is scheduled from next month. In this second pilot I want to bring Entrepreneurial Thinking and Integrate this with Design Thinking, Creative Confidence and Systems Thinking. However the format of the workshop allows for the dynamic needs of the school children as well and that is something which will change this academic year's focus to the experiential learning first and then name things than what we did last academic year by naming things first, understanding the concepts and then do the experiential challenges. The engagement of students was very high last time around but we need to see if that can be heightened as well. If anyone in the community has any thoughts please share.

What skills, input or guidance are you keen to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

As a openIDEO community it would help immensely if those of you who are passionate and have this ability to engage with youngsters could conduct a skype session during my workshop/s in a topic that is mentioned in the attached PDF to build momentum and confidence in the community that includes the Students, School, Parents, Teachers, Principals etc. I am working on taking this pilot to another school and that would mean I would need some speaker's who can hold those sessions over skype. I would need the community's help for the following 1) To make this scalable and sustainable 2) Develop a business model to make this self sustaining. 3) Make this accessible using the present day technologies 4) Start a conscious business around this IDEA. 5) May be get access to the resources of the CGI University to jump start this 6) Help from IDEO in branding and fine tuning and perhaps some participation 7) Participation from those connected with Universities where these thinking frameworks are continuously researched and implemented in the real world. 8) Help in forming a strong advisory board 9) Anyone who is ready to help me in implementing this IDEA elsewhere. 10) Financial Support/Funding

The idea emerged from:

  • An individual

How do you envision your idea being implemented?

  • Keen to prototype it, find partners and pursue implementation

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Creative Wandering - for openIDEO CGI Aug 23 2014 v1.0.pdf

Creative Wandering - A Pathway to Design Thinking, Creative Confidence, Systems Thinking and beyond for Youngsters. This contains the IDEA in detail with openIDEO meetup url's etc,

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I love the systemic thinking... close to my heart. Check this out: https://www.ted.com/talks/john_hunter_on_the_world_peace_game Not exactly the same, but is a game for the classroom that lets a team of students approach systemic challenges.

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Dear Sergio, Many thanks for that link! I simply loved it. I liked the humility, wit and wisdom!. Thanks again.

Would like to read your idea and others in the next few days. Will be in touch with you soon.

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Sergio Marrero I loved that video. The Global Knowledge Initiative (another group who holds a special places in our hearts for systems thinking) came up with an idea around gamification and systemic challenges. If you get a chance to check it out, please let us know your thoughts! https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/bridgebuilder/ideas/cards-for-humanity/comments#c-2fce505324eeb8b16fe2bd3f1496e1d0

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