Teach Students to Design Solutions: TED Fellow Juliette LaMontagne [VIDEO]
As the founder of the project, LaMontagne harnesses the power of interdisciplinary learning and creative collaboration to enact positive social change. In each twelve-week project, a group of 18-24 year-olds come together to turn unique concepts into businesses that address some of the world's most pressing problems. Rather than simply being told about social issues, participants are able to apply their learning to real-life scenarios. Not all of the participants are experts or have experience (although there are a team of industry leaders on board to help)—instead, it's the interactive and collaborative nature of the program that leads to results.
"At Breaker, we believe that designing solutions to big global challenges requires diverse perspectives and inputs," says LaMontagne. As she explains in her TEDx talk, this style of learning can drastically improve the education system. While she admits there are many other ways to promote the kind of deep learning that sparks innovative change, it's important to experiment with different learning styles and think outside of the realm of traditional classroom-based education. To create the next generation of innovators, we have to be innovative in the way we teach.