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Help support student collaboration around the globe by donating to FPSPI’s GlobalGiving Project!
Future Problem Solving developed a custom web application (ROCS) with multiple services for students which reaches diverse groups through on-line collaborative work and authentic assessment. This project provides a needed upgrade to this application.
The participants in Future Problem Solving employ a six-step creative problem solving process in multiple components. Global Issues Problem Solving is based on real world issues and annually developed topics to foster effective creative learning as well as problem solving skills. Working in four-person teams or as individuals, students develop analytical and critical thinking skills and enhance research and writing techniques, as well as teamwork and collaboration abilities.
Many students also utilize these strategies to creatively solve community challenges through the Community Problem Solving component. These student-produced solutions have made beneficial and impactful changes for communities in need all across the globe. Examples of Community Problem Solving are student created documented recycling programs, student led mentoring programs, and participant connected humanitarian efforts such as establishing handicapped accessible parks. In addition, a variety of other unique and philanthropic student designed projects have been implemented globally.
Students may also submit original stories for the Scenario Writing competition. These 1500-word essays are based on the current year’s topics and are forecasted a minimum of twenty years into the future. Students who enjoy actively telling futuristic stories become involved in Scenario Presentation where they present their futuristic story created based on the annual topics.
Since its inception, Future Problem Solving Program International has grown to include students from 42 U. S. states and 16 countries. It is difficult to predict the total number of students participating globally since FPS extends to the classrooms or after school programs with the non-competitive Action-based Problem Solving component, but it is estimated that over 250,000 students participate annually worldwide.
You are encouraged to support this exciting program by giving your online financial support through the GlobalGiving campaign. To make your tax-deductible donation, simply log on to www.fpspi.org, and click the GlobalGiving icon. Share with businesses, corporations, and others who believe in supporting valuable programs such as FPSPI whose aim is to develop the attributes of the future leaders of tomorrow! As Warren Bennis stated, “Leadership is the ability to translate vision into reality.” FPSPI invites you to assist them in transforming their vision into reality for the leaders of the future.
Future Problem Solving Program International may be contacted through their website www.fpspi.org or on Facebook.
Marianne Solomon, Executive Director