D3 @PSP: Movin’ On Up into Peace Out!

D3 @ PSP is in high demand – each day the sign up sheet was full! In two days the teens accomplished a lot. On Tuesday they finalized their Movin’ On Up workspace re-design proposal with photos, editing, and a thank you and submitted their work via email to PSP management. They created a professional proposal clearly stating their observations, needs, research, design, and process. The teens worked as two teams to get this done – images and writing – and then brought their work together as a cohesive piece. With everyone’s finger on the button we pressed “SEND” together and their formal proposal went off, from their hands straight to the decision makers!

Teens searched for contest details

Teens searched for contest details

Without missing a beat we got into the next, more crafty, project: a Peace Poster. The Lion’s Club has asked PSP teens to submit posters for their annual international contest. “Our World, Our Future” is the theme for this year’s poster contest and the teens are filled with creative ideas for designing a poster. Right away the teens identified the cliche symbols of peace; peace signs, open hands, doves, hearts, people encircling the world, flowers, animals, etc. They went into the Dream It phase by discovering the project details, constraints, requirements, and poster designs that have won in past years. All the posters were made up of these cliche symbols. To take this project to the next level we’ve challenged these teens to design a poster symbolizing their ideas of “Our World, Our Future” without using any of those cliches they identified. To Dig Deeper we used four cliche symbols and collectively mind mapped each one to get a wider understanding of these ideas.
Mind Mapping the cliche images of Peace to expand the ideas

Mind Mapping the cliche images of Peace to expand the ideas

D3 emphasizes collaboration. While this poster contest asks for individual posters the teens have suggested that they could each make their own, then bring them together to make a cohesive composition of all their pieces as one whole – already a beautiful representation of this year’s theme. One teen referenced that this idea of uniting individual work came from a previous D3 exercise. Seeing how the teens recall methods introduced to them at D3 and apply them to new situations is a sign these collaborative problem solving strategies are being integrated as tools of their own.

from the mind map teens expand their ideas of peace

from the mind map teens expand their ideas of peace

Categories: community, do it, dream it, people serving people, PSP


The D3 Lab is a collaboration between the Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute, COMMONstudio design consultancy, and Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles. It is one part idea lab, one part design and production facility, and one part "do tank." It is a place where students come to nurture and cultivate ideas, tackle big and small problems, and take action.

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