The Bucket Brigade’s submissions for No Right Brain Left Behind 2011

There have been a fair few articles on the web that touch on the subject of education in the digital age recently, and they served as an impetus to finish these slides I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. In February this year, some of you may remember that I participated in the No Right Brain Left Behind challenge as a member of the Bucket Brigade, an ‘interdisciplinary network of creative professionals that confronts complex problems’, as Bud Caddell succinctly describes it. No Right Brain Left Behind was a speed innovation challenge calling on the creative industries to come up with ideas that tackle the creativity crisis happening in US schools today. Bud Caddell, Carmel Elise Hagen, Derrick Bradley and I worked together to manage the Bucket Brigade’s collective response, and whittled down over 150 ideas that the Bucket Brigade’s community members submitted, into 14 refined ones.

We spoke to a handful of teachers in the US that some of us knew personally, in order to get valuable feedback from them about what they personally thought the key issues were. The four of us also had daily group chats during the week of the competition to see where we were headed with our submission and how we were going to there. Google Docs was our saviour – huge thanks to Bud, whose baby the whole project was, for getting the ideas submission form and the Excel sheet of collected ideas going. It was a fantastic team effort and I’m glad to have been a part of it.

One of our ideas made it to the shortlist. Sadly, it didn’t win, but I don’t think any of us who were involved regretted the time and effort we put in. If you haven’t looked at Bud’s introductory deck that explains convergent and divergent ideas and how the Bucket Brigade was going to approach the challenge, take a look at that first.

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