Inspiring students to take climate action means equipping them with the right tools.
I ran an innovation challenge with students from Lemania-Verbier International School (LVIS) on 1st November 2019, exploring how to make Verbier a sustainable ski resort by 2030.
Flow In Action innovation challenges use design thinking to build student wellbeing, problem-solving skills and plant the seeds for real projects to happen.
First, we imagined and downloaded ideas. Second, we reverse engineered to the present day to understand how we get there. Using futures-thinking as our starting point, we dreamed bigger to bring in new perspectives and insights; exploring what we need to do to make it happen, opens up the incredible space of understanding impact. Finally, we uploaded ideas onto the Flow In Action Hazu edtech platform, so that they were captured as part of a global library.
Why do it this way? This style of challenge-based learning, makes a space for every student to show up with their unique creativity and become a problem-solver, enabling them to explore essential questions about impact on people and planet, so that they can adapt solutions to respect and protect.
Plus, it’s practicing and embedding the design and systems thinking skills recognised as essential future-of-work skills for Industry 4.0, if not the most vital. This learn to move mountains® approach becomes people and planet-centred design-thinking, empowering students as the innovator and entrepreneurs of the new decade.
Watch this space then. From a hyperloop inspired vertical transport system to, and around, the resort; to fully solar-powered housing; to telecabines which carbon-capture. Take a look here.
To turn these ideas into reality, students had fantastic insights on repurposing existing solar panels, incentivising different behaviour of residents and tourists; thinking about ways to manage the value chain, so as not to cause more damage and move away from a consume/dispose culture.
[Coursera Global Skills Index: https://www.coursera.org/gsi]
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Delighted and excited to be a speaker on 6th Dec at the Webster Center for Creativity & Innovation International Symposium: The Real World Impact of Creativity
Thank you to Dr Vlad Glaveneau for inviting me.
Find out more and sign up:
In the UK, the Durham Commission on Creativity & Education was published in mid-October, citing:
"The increasing recognition of the economic and social value of creativity and creative thinking has brought a fresh urgency to the development of entrepreneurship and the skills of the future workforce."
This is extraordinarily well-timed as Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019 takes place 18th – 24th November.
Why celebrate GEW in your school? Because it is a fantastic way to build youth wellbeing, complex problem-solving skills and solutions to challenges in your community.
How does it help? Children and youth can celebrate by using their unique creativity* to play with ideas for solutions on taking action for people and planet.
What can they do? Use a Flow In Action Innovation Challenge Toolkit as an easy-to-use, one-stop solution that you can use immediately.
Flow In Action Innovation Challenges are interactive challenge-based activities, using people and planet-centred design thinking* as an approach to:
1. Sustainable School Innovation Challenge Toolkit: You can get this straight away, complete with online access to the full toolkit on the Flow In Action Hazu platform and the space to upload 30 ideas to create a visual impact library. You can use the innovation challenge as a rapid download activity or follow the lessons in full. Either way, you're planting seeds.
2. Tailored Innovation Challenges + Toolkit: We'll talk and I will design with you an innovation challenge specific to your community's needs, to use with the online challenge Toolkit.
3. Youth Entrepreneurship Workshops: Get in touch to talk about me running one or more face-to-face entrepreneurship workshops on-site at your school.
* The Coursera Global Skills Index 2019 identifies design thinking at the number 1 skill required across 7/10 industries.
As part of our preparations, wherever you are in the world, use this wonder activity with your young people to connect them more deeply to their creativity as the new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs taking action for people and planet.
I'd love to hear from you to talk about how we can work together to empower children and youth. Email email@example.com to arrange a time to explore further.
When was the last time you remember feeling wonder?
Can you remember?
Can you picture what you were looking at or thinking about?
I’m asking, because wonder is a powerhouse, creating a chain reaction to real and radical impact in what you do.
Here’s the basic equation of what I do in my work with you:
Reconnect you to your unique blend of creativity,
Using seemingly innocuous wellbeing tools, (like wonder)
To open-wide the doors to your capacity to innovate,
So that you can show up to make change happen in your spaces.
What I’m doing with you, to you, for you is people and planet-centred design thinking …for people and planet-centred innovation and entrepreneurship. Cool, eh?
It starts in that space before ideas and ends up where you’re risktakers, changemakers, rulebreakers.
You’re unprecedented, so truly, it is important that you’re using these wellbeing tools to flourish, so that you can imagine, design and create solutions for the flourishing of others and the planet.
Anyway, back to wonder. As a powerhouse.
I prescribed wonder back in March 2019 and I’m excited to be running a workshop with Wonder expert, Dr Vlad Glaveneau, Director of Webster Center for Creativity & Innovation on 21st November 2019 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019 in Geneva.
Save The Date, details here in the link and join us at 16.00 – 18.00 + apero.
We’ll be using wonder, love and a rapid download innovation challenge, with some insights from Scott Poynton to shake things up, to give you tools and bring new perspectives on innovating.
#flowinaction #wonder #love #gew2019
SAVE THE DATE!!!
Join me & Dr Vlad Glaveneau on 21st November at Webster University in Geneva, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019!
We're going to using a couple of wellbeing tools to connect you to your problem-solving creativity and inspire you to greater heights of innovation as entrepreneurs!
#GEW2019 #entrepreneurship #purposedriven #innovation #wellbeing #wonder #love #designforflourishing #flowinaction #purejoyofcreating #creativity #ideas #sdgs #sustainability #designthinking #designforflourishing #peopleplanetcentreddesign
Read my latest article in Sovereign Magazine Issue 22 - scroll to pages 52/53 to understand how #love is a necessary starting point for opening up your creativity as an innovator and entrepreneur.
On October 9th I'm really excited to be running my Resilience for Going Fast & Far on Your Entrepreneurship Journey workshop at EPFL Innovation Park for start-up and scale-up entrepreneurs.
Find out more and sign up today for this free workshop.
Click on the link https://epfl-innovationpark.ch/events/event/epfl-innovation-park-workshop-resilience-for-innovators-entrepreneurs/
I've heard from so many of you that you're looking for different practical ways to get your children and youth involved in taking climate action because not everyone is in a position to strike or go to a march.
I made you a toolkit with a Sustainable School innovation challenge. Ready-to-go. Easy-to-use. You can use it with young people ages 6 - 18 years.
Read more here: www.flowinaction.org/toolkit
Imagine the scene this Friday 20th September when you inspire your children and youth to 'march' by dreaming big to create a Sustainable School and then turning that into local action.
Use the toolkit to run a single short session or run over a few weeks in class.
Get your toolkit at www.flowinaction.org/toolkit
I'm excited to share the toolkit with you because I've been working with children and youth on taking action for the last 8 years, building the innovation and entrepreneurship skills with them that we use when we are creating real-world solutions in businesses and organisations. I know that young people thrive when they play with ideas, building their wellbeing and Industry 4.0 skills.
This is feedback from James, age 10 years, after he came to one of my learn to move mountains® workshops last year, using the approach you will in the toolkit.
#flowinaction #purejoyofcreating #imagination #ideas #creativity #innovation #entrepreneurship #climateaction #startwithideas #youthvoices #sustainableschool #startlocal #sdgs
Beyond the striking and marching, we need young people to have innovative ideas. Starting today!
I know from working in social change and sustainable development, that taking real climate action needs imagination, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.
Solutions don’t just happen. First, you see a problem around you. Second, you come up with ideas. Then, you take the risk on turning these into reality.
You need to know how to have these ideas and practice having them again and again, showing up with your unique creativity and embedding the process until it become intuitive.
We need children and young people to know how to do this dreaming big, to know that it is valid and necessary.
Beyond the striking and marching, we need to give them a starting point for taking action, which ties into what really happens when we are building real-world sustainability solutions.
What are you planning to do with your young people on Friday 20th September, when a global strike has been called?
How will you acknowledge the UN Climate Summit happening in New York on 23rd September?
I know as educators that having a ready-to-go toolkit is what you need to use in class, across subjects, in extra-curricular activities and in Assemblies.
I’ve created one for you, complete with Lesson Plans and Worksheets, enabling you to engage students in an innovation challenge around UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities & Communities by inviting them to create a Sustainable School.
You can scale-up or down as you need; run it across a term or in a single session; run it for a small group or across the whole school.
I've been running these innovation and entrepreneurship activities with children and youth in educational settings for a long time now, so this is not an add-on, it's an entry point back to your specific subject.
Read more about the toolkit, get yours and inspire your young people as the innovators and entrepreneurs taking action for the planet.
Do you need a practical, ready-to-go, easy-to-use toolkit to get your young people engaged in climate action? Build wellbeing, future of work skills and take action at a local level with this innovation ideas challenge.
Find out more and buy it today!
#flowinaction #toolkit #purejoyofcreating #youthvoices #climateaction #wellbeing #ideas #creativity #innovation #entrepreneurship #sdgs #sustainability #kidstakeaction
One of the tools in my #wildwoman #rebelgirl toolkit is being a trained florist. It was a real joy to work together with @aventerre_volleges @alpine_dreamer to pick, design and create celebration flowers for a birthday - 'just picked' mountain style - with herbs, grasses and flowers.
So hand picked they were from @aventerre_volleges specialist bio organic garden.
It was a beautiful experience having different types of bees coming to drink the nectar whilst making these arrangements up.
For me this is living 'love for the planet' as a life value. UN Sustainable Development Goals in action at a local level as we sourced locally and organically, celebrating the mountains, working with what was in season.
#flowinaction #purejoyofcreating#aventerre #creativity #sustainability#sdgs #climateaction#weareallconnected #awe #mountains
As students head back to school, are you ready for the ‘Greta Effect?’
Children and youth all around the world have been striking and marching, wanting their voices to be heard on the urgent need to take climate action.
Even before Greta’s impact, young people who were questioned as part of the MASDAR Youth Survey 2016 identified ‘climate change as the biggest threat to the world in the next decade.’
The young people that I know and work with in my learn to move mountains® innovation and entrepreneurship activities, are really incredible with the speed at which they dream big.
I know that you need practical ways to take action, which integrate sustainability into curricula, increase wellbeing and build ‘future of work’ skills; and learn to move mountains® is built around those elements.
I’ve taken my proven approach of engaging young people through Innovation Challenges around the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and created an online workshop - Create Your Innovation Challenge - to train you as educators, librarians and youth advocates in NGOs.
In this 3-hour online training, I give you a complete toolkit for creating an SDG Innovation Challenge to engage children and youth in your community, from 8 – 18 years, regardless of academic ability.
When you create an SDG Innovation Challenge, you make a space for every child to show-up with their unique imagination and creativity, build core skills, connect them to a sense of purpose and have a starting point to turn ideas into real action in your community.
The next training takes place online on Thursday 19th September 18.00h – 21.00h CEST. Find out more about it here and book your place.
If you want to hear more about why SDG Innovation Challenges matter before you sign up, how the training will work for you and what you’ll be putting in place, then I’ll be running a FREE 30-min webinar on Tuesday 27th August 14.00h -14.30h CEST. Click here to register for the FREE webinar.
I am really excited to be sharing this training with you. I have worked in social change for 25 years and integrated my expertise on problem-solving for sustainability and sustainable development into education settings since 2011 with curricula, workshops and service-learning strategies. I also continue to work with leaders and entrepreneurs to imagine sustainability solutions, design them around flourishing of people and planet and build the resilience for the journey of turning ideas into real projects.
learn to move mountains® innovation and entrepreneurship activities are designed to engage young people, as the new generation of problem-solvers for the planet. As well as the online training, I come to your sites to deliver learn to move mountains® workshops and challenges directly with your young people.
I also run Youth Entrepreneurship Workshops in partnership with the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) – Division of Investment & Enterprise (DIAE) team at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
You can ask me about how both of these options will work for you in your settings. Just drop me an email for an informal discussion.
#flowinaction #imagination #ideas #creativity #wellbeing #resilience #innovation #entrepreneurship #youthvoices #youthentrepreneurship #sdgs #climateaction #sustainability #sustainabledevelopment #learntomovemountains
I’ve been littering my articles with talk about love for some time now.
I see that some of you are also beginning to say the L-word too, which is excellent. Perhaps we can join forces and work together?
I’ve even gone global about the L-word in my September ‘learn to move mountains’ column of Sovereign Magazine – it really feels like a go-big or go-home moment – given the magazine is distributed to outlets in hardcopy and digital all around the world.
Why? Why do I keep talking about love? Why do I keep talking about it in relation to sustainability and sustainable development?
Because it is the starting point of true innovation and action.
My way of calling it is the Tao of Innovation. The ‘how’ of things, ‘how’ things happen, unfurl, unfold.
Love, with all of its spectrum, “is the white light of emotion” and each of us is a prism. It is the micro-moments of connection with yourself and with others.
It is the ground zero of your imagination and creativity.
When you look through this lens, you gather your courage to explore and create your best solution. You can’t look away from the impact further down the line on people or planet. You are forced to keep coming back to designing solutions around flourishing.
In Love Letter to the Earth, Thich Naht Hanh writes:
“We are a living, breathing manifestation of this beautiful and generous planet. Knowing this, we can begin to transform our relationship to the Earth…We will fall completely in love with the Earth.”
In my September Sovereign column, I give you a task to do, set by young people that I’ve talked to. I don’t want to duplicate that so you need to read the article. I’m giving you another one to do, again set by the same young people.
Dust off your organisation’s values. Whether you’re a solopreneur or a micro-business or a global brand. Is ‘love’ one of them? I’m guessing no.
What if it was? What if you and your organisation had to live ‘love for the planet’ as a value?
What has to change? Might you have to relinquish a growth business model for a model of flourishing? How would your business processes change? How would people show-up and do their job? How would you show-up and do yours?
Imagine it. Imagine how things would be different. Imagine how incredible real, disruptive innovation might be. It is so much more exciting than lazy duplication that promotes a status quo for a few.
You are the thought-leaders, impact investors, platform builders. Maybe it’s time to break your own rules? After all, every journey starts with maybe.
You will need help. We go far together, so I have rather excellent workshops and coaching we can roll out to get everyone looking through this lens, connecting values and businesses processes, bringing new perspectives to increase innovation and impact.
I’ve often been urged to deliver messages more softly, to ‘pick pockets’ rather than punch. Meh!
I’m working on it but the opposite of love is fear, avoidance, scarcity; and we’re seeing tidal waves of that everywhere. I don’t much like tidal waves at the best of times, so I feel there is a need to be direct. You need to start breaking rules!
Do the exercise. With some urgency. Then take action. You don’t need to go alone. I’m here to walk the path with you, with a whole toolkit to help.
I wish you love and a kiss on the brow for courage. This is the how of things, the Tao of Innovation, how things happen, how things start.
 Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of Love
 Barbara L Fredrickson
#flowinaction #wellbeing #imagination #ideas #creativity #innovation #entrepreneurship #purposedriven #values #resilience #socialinnovation #sustainability #sdgs #climateaction #noplanetb
"Design thinking becomes a thing of spectacular beauty when used not just to create a solution but, to create a solution which places designing for human needs in the context of designing for the wellbeing and flourishing of people AND planet."
Read on in the August edition of Sovereign Magazine at this link...
#flowinaction #wellbeing #love #imagination #ideas #creativity #innovation #entrepreneurship #climateaction #noplanetb #sustainability #sdgs #takeaction #climateemergency
I work in that soupy, neglected space of showing you how to have ideas. A space we can all be in, rather than it being ring-fenced for an elite.
And then I get you to focus on designing those ideas around protecting the planet. Imagination. Creativity. Flourishing.
This is an interesting read from Columbia University on getting the right mix of novelty and familiarity. What's the twist in your idea? What makes it innovative?
#flowinaction #wellbeing #imagination #ideas #creativity #innovation #entrepreneurship #flourishing
The August edition of Sovereign Magazine is out!
Sign up to read my article on 'Design Thinking as an Essential Skill' and a whole host of other insights too.
I am thrilled to have become a columnist for Sovereign Magazine and I am incredibly grateful that this column is sponsored by Lemania-Verbier International School which educates children and youth from 3 - 15 years, embedding in them a love of the outdoors, passion to use their strengths for #sustainability and shows them how to be young leaders.
Having worked with Lemania-Verbier International School students' I am excited to share insights from the work we have done together and their call-to-action to us as executives and entrepreneurs to take action for the planet, in this and future editions.
My column is called 'learn to move mountains' - so get reading and figure out how you can get started too.
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Somewhere along the way, you signed up to make good change happen in the world. In these unusual times, creating powerful solutions for the planet, means that you need to be more creative than ever.
The deal you make with the Universe, if you’re using the word ‘innovative’ anywhere in your lingo, is that you will need to step into the soupy mess for real and risk doing things differently.
And the moment you do is the time when revolutionary ideas will show up to challenge you on direction, choices, decisions…arriving unplanned and wilfully disrespectful of your status quo.
Often, our first reaction is to curate ourselves based on past hurts and seeming failures.
It plays out a little like the scene from Notting Hill, towards the end in the bookshop.
Your idea arrives and, like Anna, it says, “I was wondering whether you would let me see you a little…or a lot…”
Unnerved by the magnificent possibilities, you, like William, reply, “Can I just say No to your kind request? With you I’m in real danger…my relatively inexperienced heart, I fear, will not recover if I was once again cast aside…”
Startled by something that will take you out of your comfort zone, you haul out all of the old myths and stories to stay safe, all the reasons why not.
Both of these characters are you. Your unique blend of splendid creativity asks to be seen, inviting you to take the risk on something spectacular. The same you, who has chewed the dirt in the arena, as Brene Brown calls it, doesn’t want the agony of hitting the ground again.
And yet, revolutionary ideas are incorrigible in their persistence.
You may be tender-hearted but you are not faint-hearted; deep down you know that a seed of disruption has been planted that will change everything. After all, when you chose to play with the fire of walking the path less well travelled, you knew you were going to get at least a little singed.
What to do then?
As rule-breakers and change-makers advocating for people and planet, saying No to taking action makes us deeply unhappy. And yet, age and experience make us a little wiser than saying a ‘straight-over-the-cliff’ Yes.
What if you said, “Maybe!”
Allowing something extraordinary to unfold starts with, “Maybe…” so that time, tenderness and courage can work their magic, making space for the possibilities to be revealed and explored.
Letting go of past hurts, the fear of future failures and perhaps most of all, the terror that things might actually work out, means learning how to say Maybe.
This is the soupy space I like working with you in. It’s messy, human, real. It’s the necessary meeting point of love, wonder, joy which are essential for opening up your creativity to be innovative and entrepreneurial.
It’s where I get you to show up authentically, remembering how to take risks as unprecedented you, regardless of age or position.
You called yourself to action with your idea, I give you the tools to say Maybe so that you make massive positive impact in ways meaningful to you.
Get in touch. You can email me firstname.lastname@example.org and we can chat about how I can help you and your team with coaching and workshops.
Oh…and watch the whole film to know the whole story. Bring your own snack, I don’t share my popcorn!
#flowinaction #flow #wellbeing #creativity #love #innovation #entrepreneurship #socialinnovation #socialenterprise #socinn #socent #responsiblebusiness #purposedriven #climateaction #sustainability #sdgs
I'm heading to Prague this week for the World Leading Schools Association Conference 2019 to take part as an Expert Panel Member.
The focus of the panel is 'Practical solutions to increase the health and happiness of your school community' as part of the Healthy Campus discussions.
I'll be sharing tips and insights about using Flow In Action's learn to move mountains SDG Innovation Challenges to increase student wellbeing and develop academic skills.
Find out more about the Conference here
#flowinaction #flow #wellbeing #creativity #innovation #entrepreneurship #industry40 #youthvoices #socialinnovation #education #sdgs #sustainability #climateaction
I'm excited. In a geeky sort of way. About the Coursera Global Skills Index 2019.
It's an analysis of the world’s top trending skills in Business, Technology, and Data Science benchmarked across 60 countries and 10 industries. It's a snapshot of the future of work. Industry 4.0.
In short, it identifies design thinking as one of the top trending skills, across all of the ten industries including Automotive, Manufacturing, Media and Technology. In 7 out of 10 industries, including these ones, it places it first in the list.
Why am I excited? Because Flow In Action uses and embeds design thinking around real-world sustainability issues, in our learn to move mountains® innovation and entrepreneurship challenges, to increase youth wellbeing and build Industry 4.0 skills.
We are training a new generation of leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to take action for the planet and the challenges that we set are directly linked to the very industries which need innovative solutions around sustainability.
If you're an educator or working on youth innovation and entrepreneurship, get in touch to talk about our training, workshops and toolkits. Email email@example.com
#globalskillsindex #flowinaction #flow #wellbeing #creativity #innovation #entrepreneurship #designthinking #systemsthinking #skills #capacitybuilding #futureofwork #industry40 #skillbuilding #mentalhealth #sustainability #climateaction
I set up Flow In Action to be about showing you the pure joy of creating solutions for people and planet. And those solutions are all focused on increasing joy globally by designing around flourishing.
We are inextricably linked to Nature. This is my way of winning hearts and minds for climate action and a fairer way of living for all.
Playing with ideas, using your imagination, being curious and creative to fix real world challenges at a local level increases your wellbeing.
Being well increases your problem-solving creativity, which in turn opens up opportunities to be innovative and feeds your entrepreneurial mindset. You become empowered to be part of the solution as you turn ideas into projects, products and services.
Too often though we think that we are not enough or our ideas don't count or we don't feel that it's ok to be seen and heard. We are afraid to succeed or to fail.
It's no wonder that young people are struggling with mental health issues.
And yet all change starts with an idea...and all ideas start from knowing how to have them...and knowing how to have them comes from being in a safe space where you can show up fully as you.
That's the space I make for you and with you. These are the tools that I equip you with so that you can feel the pure joy of creating solutions in your life, your community, your world. This is how you start your march!
Get in touch. From 1-1 coaching, workshops, training and toolkits - there is a way to take a step forward and take action.
#flowinaction #joy #iamunprecedented #wellbeing #creativity #innovation #entrepreneurship #resilience #rebels #climateaction #sdgs #sustainability #ideas #mentalhealth #hope
This is Flow In Action, organised and visualised on the Hazu.io digital platform for innovators and educators using the Hazu Map
It's a blossoming, growing, living enterprise of ideas, creativity and energy. I've never been able to see it like this before and I am finding it fascinating, informative, transformational.
At the most granular level I can record and showcase the incredible ideas of the children and young people exploring how to take action for people and planet; because they are amazing and have the most remarkable insights.
I'm going to be running workshops and curricula through it soon. Save the date for 11th October! I'm running a resilience workshop at EPFL Innovation Park @parc-scientifique-epfl ...registration details to come in September!
#creativity #resilience #flowinaction #edtech #hazu # #entrepreneurs #entrepreneurship #innovation #education #ideas #flourishing #socialentrepreneurship #socialenterprise #sdgs #earlyadopter #youth #youthvoices #hope
@aaweb @unctad @uk-department-for-education
I think I've died and gone to tech heaven for managing and growing my business! I've just started using Hazu https://hazu.io/hazu - the idea(l) platform for innovators and educators - to showcase Flow In Action and all of the incredible social impact ideas that come out of my workshops.
It just gets better and better as I add information into it. It's strategic and granular all at the same time.
Seriously...I rarely rave about tech, so this is definitely something very special. If you want to get your hands on something truly innovative, this is the real deal...or simply to see real innovation in action. Take a look. Read about it/watch about it here https://hazu.io/hazu/docs/hazu-presentation
Hazu was created by Andy Abgottspon @aaweb and has already received awards and recommendations from organisations around the world.
#innovation #education #creativity #hazu #ideas #flowinaction #entrepreneurship #epfl #sustainability #earlyadopter #edtech