As our problems have become more and more interconnected and complex, building and exercising our creative problem solving muscle is critical. The World Economic Forum listed the top skills employers are looking for, highlighting that 36% of all jobs across all industries will require complex problem solving capabilities as a core skill by 2020. - Top 10 Skills for 2020 by Melanie Curtin. There are a number of ways to get in shape for this challenge and the resources below are a few of my favourites. Enjoy!
The Grove - for Problem Solving templates
The Ten Faces of Innovation, Tom Kelley
UnStuck, Keith Yamashita, Sandra Spataro
If you have suggestions for additional Creative Problem Solving Resources resources you would like to recommend please let us know.
With CambridgeDream Summer School Groups, Susi asked internationally diverse groups across 4 cohorts to pick a picture that helped them describe how they problem solve when they have a big challenge. Linking the students words and pictures, the groups discussed themes and the patterns they saw emerging. Overall similar themes emerged, highlighting importance and value of a growth mindset. Your mindset has everything to do with how you Problem Solve, staying clam, looking for patterns, seeeing different paths, putting in effort, and letting go of perfection. All agreed, experimenting, iterating and practicing failing forward was what yielded the best results.