International Emerging Leaders Program

at Collegiate School


November 2014

Italy’s Design Thinking at Home

Seniors Tackle Real Life Challenge for Social Good


Students from the International Emerging Leaders Senior Seminar class participated this past week in another global collaboration, this time using technology.
Students formed teams of three or four to put the design thinking training they received as part of the Emerging Leaders conference curriculum to use tackling a big problem. 

The challenge of how to ensure children of low income communities thrive in their first five years was put out to the world through Open IDEO, a new initiative from the originators of the design thinking methodology. This is a new platform to open-source problem solving with participants from around the world, of every age and every background. 

The Collegiate teams uploaded their proposals and received feedback from other teams around the world. Several concepts will be chosen and funded in order to address the issue when the challenge closes in January. Good luck, Cougars!

Collegiate School – Seniors Tackle Real Life Challenge for Social Good


After IELC, the Spanish delegation addressed the excessive use of water at their school in the toilets, using Design Thinking to create the product “Recycle Water.”

Recycle water

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