Favourite Creative Problem Solving Resources

As our problems have become more and more interconnected and complex, it's more important than ever to exercise our creative problem solving muscles. And if you need inspiration, check out the lates World Economic Forum list of what top skills employers will pay top dollar for - Top 10 Skills for 2020 by Melanie Curtin.


With a recent CambridgeDream Summer School Group we looked a how an internationally diverse group solves problems. Using pictures we discussed themes and the value of a growth mindset. Your mindset has everything to do with how you Problem Solve, letting go of perfection, and failing forward, iterating and practicing is what matters most.







Failure isn't always easy, and as adults we tend to stick with what we do well, and "KNOW". In the 60's Edward de Bono coined the term lateral thinking suggesting that "solving problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic" might shift this "knowing block". Over the years, Susi has trialed many of these with clients and organizations. She continues to return to de Bono's simple six hat thinking method as a quick catalyst to move individuals and groups beyond their dominant perspectives and unconscious bias. Below are a few other resources and tools that she hopes you also find helpful.


Individual Resources

Conceptual Blockbusting


Back of the Napkin, Dan Roam

Idea MappingJamie Nast

7 Puzzles to Challenge Your Critical Thinking

Information is Beautiful, David McCandless


Favorite Tech for Practicing Creative Problem Solving

Google Docs and Sheets



Mindjet MindManager

Microsoft Visio

Adobe Sketch

Top 25 APP List to Extend Student Learning


Group Collaboration and Problem Solving Tools

Magic Wand

Appreciative Inquiry

Unfolding the Napkin, Dan Roam

The Grove - for Problem Solving templates

The Ten Faces of Innovation, Tom Kelley

Sprint; How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days, Jake Knapp

Ideo Method Cards

Ideo blog

UnStuck, Keith Yamashita, Sandra Spataro


Organziational Change and Strategic Problem Solving Methods

The World Café, Ph.D Juanita Brown and David Isaacs -Book and the Site

Visual Leaders, David Sibbett

The Grove Consultants International

Leading from an Emerging Future, Otto Scharmer

Paying For Time, Lucy Neal





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