Two of our team members, Education Director Lotte Stenlev and Head Of Future Thinking & Technology Mariano Alesandro, recently made an exciting trip to Chile. They were tasked with spreading our Design to Improve Life message, introducing our education tools and oiling the wheels for new partnerships.
Their visit was based around Chile’s 6th Design Biennale (Bienal de Diseño), where we held an exhibition featuring some of our most historic INDEX: Award winners and finalists.
Among a vast range of inspiring speakers, Lotte presented our organisation with a focus on why design is essential for education.
“All over the world we see school leaders, teachers and parents asking the same questions: How can we avoid killing the creativity of our children? And, how can we motivate our students and make it interesting to learn?”
“Teaching with design tools is an efficient way of engaging students and reviving their creativity.”
Our team members then met with the Ministry of Environment and two local universities; Universidad Católica de Chile (the Catholic University of Chile) and Universidad del Desarrollo (The Development University).
“The Ministry is particularly concerned with recycling and they’re very curious to see how design could be used to improve local processes,” Lotte said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to establish a collaboration to help improve the city’s overall sustainability.”
Last, but certainly not least, the team delivered a short education crash course for some local teachers and students. The workshop, facilitated by Lotte and Mariano, involved a class of children aged five to 12. They chose to address the local challenge of smog and were guided through the Compass to come up with seven impressive design solutions.
“The kids came up with amazing solutions from protective masks to giant smog balloons carried over the mountains by a helicopter,” Lotte explained. “We had a special group of three very young boys who were extremely focused throughout the entire two-hour workshop. “Afterwards, the parents were very impressed – these boys would normally act in a very destructive way, they told us.”
“At the end they even asked us when they could come back and do this again,” she added.
We look forward to growing our collaboration with Chile and tapping into the great innovative talent the nation has to offer.
For more information on our Education Programs, click here.