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Education is the means by which we thrive, individually and collectively. In recent times, the growing complexity and interconnectedness of our now global society has challenged the effectiveness of traditional education systems, which were designed for the needs of the industrial era. The old model was built upon the idea that a worker’s job was to apply the basic skills they’d learned in school to specific tasks. To thrive in the 21st century, however, we need to go beyond that—and teach people how to learn, engage, and create. As Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” The new model is about the constant creation of knowledge and empowering individuals to participate, communicate, and innovate.
This is the spirit that drives IDEO’s designs for learning. Whether it’s about developing tools, environments, or curricula that enable more engaging learning experiences; transforming schools, programs, and organizations; or addressing systemic challenges that affect education-at-large, our human-centered methodologies and multi-disciplinary teams bring innovation solutions to education.
Ideas and Connections
Sandy Speicher is an Associate Partner at the global design and innovation firm IDEO. She leads IDEO’s Education practice, which looks to people’s unmet needs,…
Duane is a Partner at IDEO, where he heads the firm’s Global Digital Business. He joined IDEO in 1995 to lead and develop the discipline…
Rachel Switzky is an Associate Partner at IDEO in the Bay Area. Focusing on business development and client relationship, she leads IDEO’s multidisciplinary teams through…