It’s amazing what a group of people can do when they put their heads together. This morning, students got the chance to practice innovation when they visited MeadWestvaco, a multi-billion dollar global packaging company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. After a brief introduction by David Ryan and Brad Walling, the students broke up into 6 groups to solve problems in different areas of the world through design thinking.

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In separate rooms, the groups began discussing problems prevalent in a specific area. These areas included Africa, China, India, Eastern Europe, South America, and North America. Once some problems were established, the groups looked into designing a product to improve the situation. Students from the assigned areas were able to give especially real and unique insight into the problems from their home country.

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The groups then presented their ideas and designs to the rest of the delegates. Students came up with solutions ranging from carts to carry baby formula cans for HIV-affected mothers in Africa, to sustainable water-collecting backpacks for people in Brazil.

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Overall, MeadWestvaco proved to be a wonderful experience and a special look at design thinking. Thank you to everyone involved!

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