Week 7 – Making

We will now channel our creativity and passions into action in the form of projects that will target greater good and contribute positively to society. It is time to make.

Team activities: Ideas

Here are your teams:





We have created a document for each team to work on, please click on the corresponding document to access your workspace:

Choosing the Topic

At this stage, we first need to settle on a topic that is of interest to most team members. Connect with each other and find a mechanism (a poll with upvoting, for example) so that the topic that you choose expresses your passions. Write the topic and any related subtopics on the documents linked above (i.e. if the topic is sports subtopics could be psychology, competitions, team building, performance, fitness, etc.).

List of Ideas

Once you have your topic, the next step is generating ideas for our project. It is important to generate as many ideas as possible in a creative process. Meet with your team and suggest ideas for the project, narrowing them down to between 3 and 5, and write them on the workspace document linked above. Remember to make reference to your Futuring Statement as well as your Great Project Rubric in order to determine the 3/5 ideas that make the cut.

The Elusive Art of Innovation – Old and New

One of the most desired traits in the workplace is the ability to innovate. Great innovators are hailed as modern day heroes. At an age and time in which we can all create and reach a global audience it is a skill that can help us thrive in the future.

But, what constitutes innovation? How can we learn to innovate? How can we become innovators? This week, we explore and learn from lessons of the past and the future.

Was the Renaissance actually more innovative than Silicon Valley?

Eric Weiner is an author who traveled the world looking for hotbeds of innovation. In the following article, he explains why he thinks that the Renaissance was actually more innovative than Silicon Valley.

Bitcoin´s two mysteries

One of the most successful innovations of our time is, without a doubt, Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency and multibillion-dollar market, that has become one of the hottest trends when it comes to investment, indicating how business transactions may be carried out in the future.

And, yet, despite it being so present in today’s culture, Bitcoin remains a big mystery to most people. If we asked most adults and young people to explain what Bitcoin is and how it works, it is very likely that many of them will only have a vague idea of what it is and how to operate in this important market.

The other mystery is related to its creator, a person (or several persons) known as Satoshi Nakamoto, who has the major holding of Bitcoins in the world and who disappeared mysteriously from the online and physical world several years ago. One of the richest persons and most notable innovators in the world is of unknown identity.

The following video briefly tells the story of Bitcoin and its unknown founder.

Both the Renaissance as well as the Bitcoin piece present us with paradoxes about innovation. What is truly innovative? Can something that doesn’t exist physically be one of the greatest innovations of all time? What is the DNA of successful innovation? Please discuss in the forum below.

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