Creative thinking program for schools

Creative thinking program

“Thinking is a skill; it can be developed and improved if one knows how”- Edward de Bono

Introduction:

The purpose of thinking is to collect information and to make the best possible use of it. Because of the way the mind works to crate fixed concept patterns we cannot make the best use of new information unless we have some means for restructuring the old patterns and bringing them up to date. Our traditional methods of thinking teach us how to refine such patterns and establish their validity. But we shall always make less than the best use of available information unless we know how to create new patterns and escape from the dominance of the old ones. Vertical thinking is concerned with proving or developing concept patterns. Lateral thinking is concerned with restructuring such patterns (insight) and provoking new ones (which we can call creativity). Lateral and vertical thinking are complementary. Skill in both is necessary. Yet the emphasis in education has always been exclusively on vertical thinking (critical and logical thinking).

In order to practice the Lateral Thinking, De Bono was the first to suggest several methods such as the six thinking hats which supports the human mind to look at problems from new perspectives, which enables finding solutions to problems in different ways and create ideas for novel products.

This creative thinking program will help the youth to learn the creative thinking and how to stimulate their minds to look at problems in different ways to find non-traditional solutions.

Through the course not only techniques related to lateral thinking and six thinking hats will be used but also other techniques will be discussed such as mind maps that can help to visualize the thinking to focus and have overall view of problems.

In order to have creative thinking it is important to be able to collect wide range of information and remember them on demand. For that memory enhancement tools will be studied using creative thinking techniques such as mind maps for visualization and imagination.

Moreover creative thinking is used to generate ideas and solutions for that within this program, some techniques will be discussed to generate new ideas such as brain storming and random words to switch the thinking context. All that will be combined within the six thinking hats technique.

Program objectives

  • Introduce creative thinking techniques (Lateral thinking and six thinking hats method, etc.)
  • Introduce how the creativity can be learned, practiced and stimulated on demand
  • Increase the motivation of the youth to solve problems in creative ways

Target group

 kids of age 14-16 years old

Contents

  • Thinking, creativity and minds
  • Creativity barriers
  • Creativity Techniques
    • Mind maps
    • Lateral and Vertical Thinking
  • Creativity and memory enhancement
  • Ideas Generation techniques
    • Brain storming sessions
    • Random words
  • Six Thinking Hats
    • White Hat (Facts and Information)
    • Red Hat (Emotions and Feelings)
    • Black Hat (Cautious and Careful)
    • Yellow Hat (Speculative-Positive)
    • Green Hat (Creative Thinking)
    • Blue Hat (Control of Thinking)

Sessions:

The program was conducted for 2 groups of distinguished kids of Jerusalem schools in June 2013.

Selected slides of the program:

مواضيع برنامج التفكير الابداعي لطلبة المدارس

–          الإبداع ومعوقاته

–           تقنيات الإبداع

–         الخرائط الذهنية

–         التفكير العمودي والجانبي

–         تطبيقات التفكير الجانبي

–         الابداع وتنمية الذاكرة

–          تقنيات توليد الأفكارو حل المشاكل

–         العصف الذهني

–         الكلمات العشوائية

–         قبعات التفكير الست

–          القبعة البيضاء (الحقائق ومعلومات)

–         القبعة الحمراء (المشاعر وعواطف)

–          القبعة السوداء (الحذر والحرص)

–          القبعة الصفراء (الإيجابية)

–          القبعة الخضراء (التفكير الإبداعي)

–          القبعة الزرقاء (مراقبة التفكير)

Lessons from the Puzzle of Innovation

In the last few weeks I was under stress and wanted to relax and do something I have not done for many years. I thought of many things and looked around the home without finding anything interesting that might be relaxing.

While I was looking at my library of books, I noticed on the top shelf an old box that I bought for more than 7 years but never opened. It is a Jigsaw Puzzle, in box, with a picture on the top of a country side view with trees and houses. I opened the box and just started putting the pieces together and piece by piece solving it. It was surprisingly fun and relaxing. Puzzles have grown into a daily activity for me.

So what this has to do with innovation?

continue reading the article on Innovation Excellence website

National Policy & Strategy STI of Jordan

Review and assessment of the National Science, Technology and Innovation Policies and Strategies of Jordan (2013-2017)

UNESCO Project to support the Higher Council for Science and Technology of Jordan to review the national STI policies.

The project aimed to develop:

  • Strategy review and assessment framework based on international best practices
  • Review of the national Science, Technology and Innovation strategy based on the framework
  • Support the development of national innovation programs
  • Conduct stakeholders assessment workshop.

Results

  • Assessment framework developed based on World Bank, OECD and UNCTAD for STI policies
  • Public assessment workshop with stakeholders
  • Assessment report (private)

STI policies framework Workshop

 

 

National STI Strategy

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Applied Scientific Research Fund (ASRF) is  is a non-government; non-profit organization created and has the initial funding by Samih Darwazah, founder of Hikma Pharmaceuticals to promote the development of applied science and engineering ideas.

ASRF is the first research funding organization initiated from the private sector in Jordan as non-profit company acting on commercial basis while 100% of the profit is invested back in the fund to support the creation of the innovation ecosystem in Jordan and the Middle East.

ASRF is applying and experimenting new innovation funding approaches in the Middle East while focusing on the sustainability. ASRF will fund applied researches and innovations that have market potential and the return on investment will be through intellectual property commercialization.

Jamil as Director of Operations and Consultant is responsible for

– Develop the fund strategy and framework.
– Design fund schemes to encourage Jordanian innovation by Funding mechanisms like (proof of concept, industry-research partnership and applied research).
– Develop application and evaluation process.
– Pilot the marketing, evaluation of applications, selection criteria, funding agreements and post investment support.
– Support the fund raising plans and strategic alliances/partnerships.

 

Amman Chamber of Industry Innovation Workshop

During the Global Entrepreneurship week Jamil has conducted a workshop at Amman Chamber of Industry entitled:

“Towards more innovative industrial sector in Jordan”

The following shows some slides of the workshop indicating different levels of innovation management

Amman Chamber of Industry published an article about this workshop which can be read below:

Download (PDF, 946KB)

 

Bedaya Program

Bedaya Program (Palestine, 2012) is one of the Palestinian Information and Communications Technology Incubator (PICTI) projects funded by USAID and CISCO. The Program will tap into global resources, mentors, and market makers; to assist high potential Palestinian ICT ventures, to accelerate growth and new market outcomes.

Recordings of some workshops

http://www.youtube.com/PICTIPal

Workshops materials

http://www.slideshare.net/BedayaPICTI

Jamil was the program manager of Bedaya and was responsible for

– Overall coordination of Bedaya project and delivery of the KPIs (assessment, roadmaps, sales campaign support, matching with mentor,..)
– Manage team of 3 business managers and stakeholder communication
– Conduct start-up and invention opportunity assessments
– Co-develop business models and venture roadmaps with founders/inventors
– Support portfolio of ICT start-ups (screened 42 and supported 20)
– Match Bedaya ventures with training, resources and Mentors
– Organize workshops and training sessions with global trainers
– Facilitate Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) visits to Palestine, 1on1 venture reviews, group training sessions and stakeholder briefings
– Deliver management and sales coaching for founders of Bedaya ventures
– Support the development of Bedaya Program’ Elements: start-up support, inventor support, PULL opportunities, and Seed Fund development (support for proof of market and proof of concept)
– Provide regular updates to stakeholders and Bedaya ventures
– Convert global tools/resources to local market needs (assessments, training,..)
– Identify and promote ICT business opportunities locally and globally