Our future lies in our children’s hands. And in what will feel like a few short years from now, today’s children will live and work in a very different world. They will need to solve the world’s most complex problems. No longer will they be hindered by the processes that we waste 70-80% of our time on, says Dr Roshan Thapliya. Machines will have automated those jobs away says IDEO’s Anna Powers. So what will be the most coveted and inimitable skill?
The World Economic Forum believes, key to being successful and living prosperously in the world of tomorrow is creativity. Economist, Paul Romer, succinctly captured the importance of creativity to growth when he said, “Human history teaches us, however, that economic growth springs from better recipes, not just from more cooking.”
A great deal of neuroscience and child psychology studies show that what children learn between ages 0-6 determines what they will be confident doing for the rest of their lives. Did you know however, that early childhood education is not doing enough to build the creative confidence children will need to flourish.
In the Magic Garden’s educational playground, children learn to bravely hang their ideas up on a wall, eager for peer feedback. They experience their confidence boost through sketching their ideas, digitally projecting them on walls, and interacting with the scenes they have just created. This inspires them to test and negotiate their ideas in role plays with their friends to invent brighter futures for the world around them. Magic Garden prepares children to flourish in their future creative work environments, in today’s classroom.
When Earth Kids Early Childhood Learning centre installed Magic Garden, 4 year olds focused for 2 hours non stop and gained the conceptual reasoning of 7 year olds more often, to solve our most pressing global challenges. The most disruptive children sustained a calm focus, enabling the whole class to spend more time exploring themes to their depths, where the most valuable and fascinating insights emerged.
Krister is a UX Designer with 17 years industrial design experience in startups and interactive media R&D labs in museums.
Krister is a futurist of learning, an inventor and Experience Design veteran in over 240 educational interactive technologies for schools, museums, universities, smart city startups. https://www.linkedin.com/in/Krister-Gustafsson
Early childhood educator, children’s philosopher, Masters in cultural studies, and paediatric nurse.
Sylvie ’s pioneering work in making learning more meaningful and engaging, by using Children’s Philosophy in interactive exhibits, began in 2008 with curating and co-designing the first Bupa Magic Garden as part of her master thesis in cultural studies. Bremen University, the University of New South Wales and the Powerhouse Museum recognized her impact as “an innovation and a milestone reached in Children’s Philosophy”.