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December 10, 2007

Blogging Nobel Public Services Innovation Summit (7)

This morning, Di Fleming, Director of Accelerated Knowledge Technologies, Melbourne, Australia made the case for design thinking in creating educational curriculum for the 21st century. Di drew on her extensive experience as Principal of Kilvington Girls' Grammmar School and later at Lab.3000 in which she drove and celebrated innovation in project and experiential learning models including robotics and animation.

Design thinking combined and integrated with product incubation curriculum represents a best chance scenario to introduce constructivist education to help with a 'break out' strategy for meaningful learning in the 21st century. The imperative of a 'break out' strategy is recurring theme here at the Nobel Week Public Sector Innovation Summit. Plenty of reference to data points, assessment outcomes, Pisa 2006 results, and both productivity and innovation gaps.

Di's experience and presentation resonates with not only our own work, but also with the bold efforts underway at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management as it engages in strategic thinking and planning for business and management education for the 21st century. Likewise, I have long been influenced by the work of Doreen Nelson, founding director of the City Building Education project. It also strikes me that the design thinking and experiential learning environments represent an as yet not fully articulated strategic arc of activity at Case Western Reserve as we reflect on our emerging distinctive offering to our students.

Lev Gonick
Stockholm, December 10, 2007

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