While at sea, Daniel Epstein (co-founder of Unreasonable at Sea) and George Kembel (co-founder of Standford’s d.school) teach a class based around design thinking and sustainable entrepreneurship. As part of the curriculum, the class planned a field lab in South Africa. To better understand the course’s teaching about gaining empathy and developing a creative environment to solve massive problems, the class headed to a township outside of Capetown. Although the two youth groups that attended the lab – the youth from the township and the SAS university students – were from different sides of the planet, they still managed to find the common struggles to which they could both relate and attempt to solve.
Could this exercise be a lesson in how we solve massive problems in the world, and more intriguingly, could this be a glimpse at the future of education?