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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