If you're not currently teaching, what are you focused on?:
I coach and co-experiment extensively with K-12 educators, as well as individuals in other kinds of organizations.
I teach at Olin College, largely first-years and sophomores.
I teach highly applied design, design thinking, and design-your-life classes.
How many years have you been teaching?:
Ela Ben-Ur has coached and co-experimented with educators and others interested in design thinking since 2012. Ela worked 13 incredible years at renowned design firm IDEO. Her design practice and leadership at IDEO spanned diverse geographies, industries, and sectors. She was a co-founder of IDEO’s Leadership Studio for developing project leaders, coach for teams, and facilitator for clients. Ela has taught at pioneering Olin College since 2007, and offered workshops through MIT (her alma mater), Sloan, Babson, Dartmouth, and Harvard. Her 2- and 4-year old daughters are her inspiration.
I love this - Samantha Sutton, then of the Handel Life Coaching Group, did some wonderful work with young folks in the "Design Your Life" program for teens and young adults. I can put you in contact with her if you're interested. I'm also in a circle of folks using Design Thinking as a proxy for life coaching methods (there are some surprising commonalities!) in colleges around the country - interesting to reach this out beyond college to the folks who have no obvious platform for such courses (yet).
Hi Chris and Dan - I love where this was headed, did you develop it? This message - of many chances - seems to be one of the most powerful we can offer to young people.
How might this live in, or alongside traditional college? Is it a seminar? I have a seminar at Olin college where students use design thinking to explore anything in life/school with coaching from me and each other. It's so lovely seeing them pursue their own questions, under their own motivation. I sense you intended something bigger here though - even an alternate "track" in which majors are declared later. Or, an additional year (financially prohibitive, I realize) - an interesting bridge with the "service year" idea. Regardless of scale, how might you help make sure students find some [initial] answers as they explore, and learn how to continue to see the world as an open, forgiving place as they emerge into "real" college/life?