Back in February, I had a quick Bay Area layover where I stopped by the Stanford d.school to teach a pop-up course with fellow designer Gretchen Wustruck, founder of Curiosity Atlas, and Bay Area philanthropy movers and shakers Jennifer Kane, founder of Empower Philanthropy, and John Cassidy, founder of Klutz.
The last few months have included a ton of flying, speaking, exploring, and some on the ground research and discovery for the next very exciting phase of the Creative Nomad Project.
After a hectic month bouncing around Panama, I’m left feeling incredibly inspired by the educational leadership and visionaries in Panama City, the community engagement and sharing in San Miguel, and the thriving jungle-tough students in Kalu Yala.
How might we design a school in the remote jungle of Panama which will serve Kalu Yala residents and local San Miguel county students alike?
With the Peruvian phase of the Creative Nomad Project coming to an end, I’ve started reflecting on what I’ve personally learned from this artisan project, the opportunities I see here, and the implications for creativity and arts education.
Following the Creativity Workshop, I was extremely excited to be invited to Urbano’s taller to watch him prepare and use natural dyes to create the brilliant colors commonly used in Peruvian textiles.
In partnership with Green Design Link, we recently held our first experiment in teaching design and creativity to local artisan leaders. The theme of the workshop was to use nature to inspire and inform new design.
For my first design adventure, I’m partnering with Green Design Link, an organization which “connects artisan leaders with the global marketplace through a collaborative design process.”
This project is an exploration at the intersection of Design Thinking, Education, and Art which partners with local and global organizations, schools, and museums, to find Art and Design in various life and business contexts and create principles to help give people the tools to learn to think differently and creatively.
There are three major motivations for launching this project: