Last week I told you about the incredible students pictured above.

Together they knit over twenty scarves for elderly members of their community without ever having knit before.

How were they able to do it? 

Was it their resourcefulness? Perseverance? Prior experience? Ingenuity? deep commitment to making a difference?

No doubt it was a combination of all of the above. But I would contend there was something even more important than these skills. Something you can use with all students regardless of ability, special talents or skills.

A process. 

Processes create results; and help turn your most reluctant learners into brilliant innovators. The process these students used was the same that students in Florida used to create biodegradable water bottles; designers in Hong Kong to construct intergenerational parks; and higher- privileged students in Uganda, Africa to help create materials for resource starved schools.

Last week, in partnership with a great friend and fellow innovator, I shared this process with educators across the globe.

I want you to have it to.

Using Community Mapping and Design Thinking to Create Global Problem Solvers

Below is a recording of the problem solving process in addition to ways to use it with your students. After watching the video, if you want the student- friendly process guide to go along with it, shoot me an email at and I will provide it for free.