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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