How to promote the enterprising mind-set amongst students

Howard Frederick’s definition of the ‘enterprising mind-set’

Howard Frederick writes:  In my teaching I have always sought ways to make my students more ‘enterprising’, in the personality mind-set sense.  This means from Art to Zoology, every student can create an (ad)venture, be it social, environmental, business, or whatever.

They move from engaged to empowered. They become problem-solvers. They grow more empathetic. . . . They remain curious. They develop a maker mindset. They define themselves as problem-solvers.


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Design Thinking for Suicide Prevention

By Édouard Manet –

Howard Frederick writes: If design thinking is so human-centred, why not start with the most important thing:  your life. Most of us have two lives: the life we live, and the unlived life within us that we would like to live. Between the two stands resistance. This is where suicide prevention comes in.  How to get from one to the other? ‘We are all capable of reinvention’, according to Bernard Roth, one of the founders of Stanford’s and author of the book The Achievement Habit.  Here is a fascinating article about using design thinking in the ‘wickedest problem’ of all.  Design thinking (and suicide prevention) start with re-framing how you view yourself in the world.… Read the rest

Seven Steps of Design Thinking

Seven Steps of Design ThinkingHoward Frederick writes:  Searching the web, you will see a plethora of design thinking process models that help explain what happens, when, to what, and why in the design process. When we use models, we aim to define steps in the design process. They can be linear, circular or iterative. Over the years, design thinking models have used a variety of terms, and they have differences and similarities in their stages. There is no one ‘right’ model. You may even be tempted to develop your own to suit a new context. Analysing the stages, Waloszek concludes that, despite some differences, the main stages in the design thinking process are similar among all models.… Read the rest