We need education that focus on problem solving and innovation

In order for our global society to develop solutions to pressing problems in an increasingly technology-driven and constantly changing world, we need to re-train our workforce to do what machines can’t: to be enterprising, independent and strategic thinkers—to be purposeful creators.

These starts with changing the way students, especially the youngest ones, learn. And learning in the future has a lot to do with play.

Learning through play with “hands-on, minds-on” approaches is a powerful way forward. Play gives children space to dream, discover, improvise, and challenge convention. It’s crucial to social, emotional, cognitive and even physical development, helping them grow up “better adjusted, smarter and less stressed.”

However, today’s youngsters have a deficit of play. Where did play go? And can we get it back?

This was one of the topics of the LEGO Idea Conference that took place last April in Denmark. Hosted by the LEGO Foundation, the conference aimed at creating and being a part of “conversations and networks around re-defining play and re-imagining learning.” Speakers included leading voices in education, learning, and child development such as Tony Wagner. He talked about the importance of disciplined play in an innovation economy. The important message of his keynote was: “The capacity of being a creative problem solver is within the human being”. We, at Moebio, agree with Wagner’s words and our goal at Design Health Barcelona, our flagship program, is to create future leaders in healthcare innovation by guiding talented people beyond their boundaries, bringing their creativity and entrepreneurial mind out and providing them new knowledge and skills to succeed.

You can watch Wagner’s inspiring TED-style keynote in the following video. ¡Enjoy!

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We can train you, but we can’t change your DNA!

Google is famous for having spent years hiring people focusing on GPAs, brand name schools and interview brain teasers. In a recent article at The New York Times, Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock, detailed what the company looks for now. And increasingly, it is not about credentials.

Succeeding in academia or having studied at a prestigious university isn’t always a sign of being able to do a job. However, intellectual humility, i.e., the ability to step back and embrace other people’s ideas it is a sign of open-mindedness that allows people to learn.

The great fallacy of the Information and Knowledge Society is that what matters is knowledge. It’s not true. The key assets are skills. Skills are what transform knowledge into something of value. To excel in tomorrow’s job market, those who think better and have the skills to use their knowledge to the best possible use, in different contexts and with different goals, enjoy a competitive advantage over those who don’t.

Coding, creating a business plan, prototyping… all of them can be taught. How to be optimistic, to have a “glass half-full mentality”, to stay motivated, feel passionate, be very patient and very persistent to face the challenges of entrepreneurship not. The latter is the kind of people we seek for Design Health Barcelona, people who want to create and drive their own future. Because, as Herb Kelleher, the successful entrepreneur co-founder and former CEO of Southwest Airlines once said:

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Salim Ismail: How will accelerating technologies affect you?

Last June, at Biz Barcelona, the international forum for entrepreneurs, Salim Ismail, Moebio’s Advisory Board member and Executive Director of Singularity University, outlined how exponential technology is increasingly impacting our lives and explained what Singularity University highly selective educational center based in Silicon Valley is and does.

Technology is fundamental for human progress. It is the only one capable of driving great changes in the world. Today, we are on the Age of Technological Disruption fostered by fast-moving cutting-edge technologies. According to Ismail, huge changes are coming in computing, energy (solar energy), medicine (biotech & nanotech) and manufacturing (3D printing) that soon will radically change our economy, educational system, medical system etc.

Born in 2008 under NASA and Google, Singularity University trains future global leaders and entrepreneurs who want to help change the world through technology. The school only accepts projects on robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, neuroscience, medicine…. to respond to the problems of over a billion people.

In the following video you can watch Salim Ismail’s complete conference:

Moebio’s dictionary: the cross-concepts

“There are only two things wrong with education: 1) What we teach; 2) How we teach it.” Roger Schank

The world is facing huge challenges and they are growing daily in severity, scale, and complexity. If we are going to survive, we desperately need the next generation to be smarter, more adaptable, and better prepared than any that has gone before. Our only chance is to equip our young people with the skills and the attitudes to pursue this mission. The question is: Is that what our current education system does?

We have business schools, medicine schools, science schools… that offer framed professional knowledge and train people… to “old” jobs. However, only when we observe with new consciousness can we find different answers and fresh solutions to problems. Our education system should also train awareness of the global context in which these professionals will operate and give them the capabilities to do so.

Moebio has been conceived, from its very beginning, as a place where health, design, business and technology meet at a new dimension. A holistic training adapted to the current needs and scenario.

Even its’ name, Moebio, was coined based on this same idea. We were inspired by the Möbius strip, a two-dimensional sheet with only one surface discovered by the German mathematicians August Ferdinand Möbius and Johann Benedict Listing in 1858. The Möbius strip has been an object of fascination since its discovery and it has achieved a life of its own beyond mathematics in magic, science, engineering, literature, music, and art.

Moebio is the meeting point for people who want to change the game and it has its own dictionary with words that combine business, science, technology and health worlds. Our faculty has helped us to create and define these cross-concepts that we are now sharing with you. Watch the videos below to learn about crealeaderhsip, collinovation, multinomics and d·Health. What do you think about them? Do you have other cross-concepts in mind?

Christer Windelov-Lidzélius on crealeadership

Alfons Cornella on Coinnovation

Pep Torres on Multinomics

Lekshmy Parameswaran on d·HEALTH