Monthly Archives: June 2017

June 30, 2017, by Jeff Parker

Short Boards: an innovative tool for design thinking

Educators today are thinking ever more broadly and ever more creatively about learning and what it should look like to best prepare students for an unknown future. To prepare young minds for the challenges (and opportunities) of a future dominated by the magnitude of the unknown, Design Thinking is becoming an exciting framework on which […]

June 29, 2017, by Fil Anastasio

Jim Steed. The passing of an SHP icon.

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Jim Steed, the heart and soul of SHP, formerly known as Steed Hammond Paul. Born July 13, 1924 he passed away June 28, 2017 just shy of his 93rd birthday. Jim left a lasting legacy of iconic projects but more importantly he changed the […]

June 29, 2017, by Ed Melvin

What Is a Playground For?

What is a playground for? Fun, certainly. Exploration, without a doubt. Discovery and curiosity, yes and yes! Whatever the answer to this question, it is clear a playground should not be an afterthought, a leftover piece of land with some equipment, fall protection and very little thought. Rather, it should be understood to be an […]

June 22, 2017, by John Noble

When the Walls Do Talk: How spaces can tell stories that comfort and inspire

Sometimes, the best story is the most familiar one. Fairy tales, and other frequently read stories, become welcomed destinations and recognizable models of the world for people of all ages. But they’re particularly meaningful and helpful to little ones who are just beginning to make sense of the incredible diversity of experiences that surround them. […]

June 21, 2017, by dthomas

9 Billion Schools: One School’s Journey

When considering the concept behind the 9 Billion Schools movement – to deliver personalized learning for all, as a matter of both human dignity and one’s ability to flourish – it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the immensity of the challenge. How can we truly accomplish such a feat? What shifts must occur in our […]

June 20, 2017, by SHP Leading Design

9 Billion Schools Video Series: Part Two

We recently produced a four-part video series that explains what the 9 Billion Schools movement is, how it came to be and what we hope it will inspire. The videos feature Lauren Della Bella, the president of SHP Leading Design, and Brian David Johnson, an acclaimed author and futurist. In the first video, both Lauren […]

June 16, 2017, by Lauren Della Bella

Deloitte Leverages Design Thinking to Improve Workplace Learning

By Lauren Della Bella (@ldellabella) Not long ago, a friend of mine mentioned a report that Deloitte completes annually on Global Human Capital Trends. He thought I might be interested in it, not only as a business owner, but because it directly supports the importance of lifelong personalized learning. The purpose of the report is […]

June 6, 2017, by John Noble

How Experience Mapping Helps Kids Envision Their Ideal Learning Environment

A while back, I heard a segment on the radio program “This American Life” that appealed to my inner geographer. It was a story about mapping and it focused on a man who had developed a whole series of maps of his neighborhood in a small North Carolina town. What struck me was that this […]

June 6, 2017, by Lauren Della Bella

DSSS: A Framework for Successful, Lifelong Learning

It’s no secret I left SXSWedu inspired and energized by the conversations I had, people I met and best practices I learned. One of the sessions I most enjoyed was the Day 3 keynote address with entrepreneur, best-selling author and lifelong learner, Tim Ferriss. I was intrigued by the framework he suggested for successful, lifelong […]

June 3, 2017, by SHP Leading Design

9 Billion Schools Video Series: Part One

We recently produced a four-part video series that explains the 9 Billion Schools movement we launched earlier this year in Austin, Texas at SXSWedu. The series explains what the movement is, how it came to be and what we hope it will inspire. The video features Lauren Della Bella, the president of SHP Leading Design, […]

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