A few years ago, our faculty all read Daniel Pink’s book, A Whole New Mind. The premise is that the way we have measured success in the past have favored L-dominant brains, but that the future will reward those with highly developed R-dominant brains. Pink distilled the research he read into six specific high-concept and high-touch aptitudes that have become essential in the new era. The formula for all these books is still to condense the findings and present it as a nice concise list. It’s a good list, though. Pink calls his list “The Six Senses,” which are:

  1. design
  2. story
  3. symphony
  4. empathy
  5. play
  6. meaning

On the first point, design, Pink has some good questions for schools:

What role does design have in your classroom or school? Do your students play any role in the actual design of their learning experience? Can it be incorporated into the curriculum in areas other than art class? How?

What elements of design are teachers using? There was an article this week titled We Have Met the Enemy and He is PowerPoint in the nytimes. All too often we’ve sat in on a presentation where someone simply reads their slides. I have also been to some very effective presentation that use slides to enhance and engage the audience. Note and Point is a great site that highlights some well-designed slides (mostly in the advertising, tech, and design business).

Speaking of design, 3 more cool things at the stanford click here, here, or here.


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