Presentation on theme: "The Development of Creative Thinkers through Environmental Action Dr Peter Le Masurier Scientist in Residence, Yew International School of Shanghai."— Presentation transcript:
The Development of Creative Thinkers through Environmental Action Dr Peter Le Masurier Scientist in Residence, Yew International School of Shanghai
Creative Thinkers…Why the Need? Global Needs Business New Products New Manufacturing Methods New Markets Research New Theories Solutions to global issues Society Environment Population growth
What are the Leaders Saying? Ideas are more important than knowledge Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
Innovation in Business Make Product X and all this will be yours…! Certainly! Were with you! How much do you need! Yes but?
The Reality People dont like change –The longer you have being doing something the worse you become People dont like risk –Making mistakes is seldom an advantage People are naturally skeptical –Most peoples first response is NO. Companies are driven by financial results
Momentum of Sales Start small quickly deliver Separate the risk Choose an area where you can make a difference Align with the interests of the decision makers
Three Steps Creative Idea Results Change Start Small I had an idea once… nobody listened to me!
Creative thinking in Schools? Is that what we really want? What about the grades? What about the syllabus? A* How will I keep control? ABC
The Normal Response Good try, but not right Nice idea, lets look at that tomorrow Your actually right, but the MARKSCHEME says…
Science…. any better? Newtonian Relativistic The REAL Solution Moving away from the Syllabus…. Grades will suffer Most students will be lost and wont support you
Momentum of Ideas Avoid areas of risk Stay separate from the syllabus Focus on areas where we can deliver results Areas where ideas can be put into action Start small Students also dont like failure Align with the interests of the students Often not the syllabus! ENVIRONMENT
Environmental Challenge http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8307272.stm Arctic to be 'ice-free in summer' Creative thinking certainly needed here! According to Professor *********, faster shipping and easier access to oil and gas reserves were among short-term benefits of the melting.
Separate it out Qing Lin Environment Club Paper recycling Carbon offsetting Greening the school Classroom Auditing
Observable Results http://www.rootsandshoots.org 1000 Trees in Inner Mongolia On a Global Scale
Summary Reduce the Risk Stay separate from the syllabus Dont risk their grade averages Align with the students interests Generating ideas should be fun Start small Students also dont enjoy failure Deliver results Share the success