The top three lessons from our award-winning design project for schools
So what, exactly, is it all about?
And what are the three key lessons learned from this successful project?
We asked her so you don't have to.
Q: So we're the proud winner of a German Design Award. What’s that then?
KO: The German Design Award is an internationally recognised award for great designs. It's an annual event with more than 5,000 applicants from 56 countries. Applicants range from large companies like Audi and Greenpeace to individual designers, and designs include products, technology, information and visual design, and more.
Q: Wow! Sounds impressive. What did we win for?
KO: ThinkPlace won the German Design Award for a design thinking curriculum we co-developed with ACT Government. It's a high school curriculum that teachers students design thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship, and applies these to a health issue in their school.
Q: Tells us a bit more about the project. Who worked on it and what was the initial challenge?
KO: The aim was to teach young people the mindset and skills they need to solve the complex problems of today and in the future. The problems the world faces are increasingly complex without a single problem definition and without a clear-cut answer.
The Entrepreneurs: It's Your Move curriculum gives young people the tools they need to address these types of problems locally, and the focus is on health issues in their school and community. The tools and mindset of designers and entrepreneurs also teach resilience and problem solving, key skills and attributes for their future careers and lives.
The project was initiated by the ACT Government, and ThinkPlace worked in a collaborative group including teachers, the Education Directorate, universities and other businesses. We worked closely with teachers to develop and test the curriculum. The ThinkPlace Foundation also donated funds to support this project.