“Innovation begins by thinking differently.”

—NORMAN MAYERS, FOUNDER OF THE CREATIVE THINkers PROGRAM

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When asked, most people associate dyslexia with an inability to spell and read. In fact, dyslexic thinking has a range of strengths including creative problem solving and communication skills. But these strengths are often overlooked or even ignored entirely. 

The Creative Thinkers Program is based on recognizing each student’s unique neuro-diverse abilities and enabling them to unleash their creative potential.

THE VALUE OF THINKING DIFFERENTLY

Dyslexia influences at least 1 in 10 people. It is a genetic difference in the way one learns and processes information. As a result, dyslexic minds process information differently than most people. Research has shown us that dyslexic strengths align closely with the skills needed in the working world of the future. And this divergent, lateral way of thinking has created some of the world's greatest innovations, inventions, brands and art. Yet dyslexia is still perceived as a disadvantage.

The Creative Thinkers Program aims to change this perception. 



The Creative Thinkers Program

Courses and Workshops

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The Creative Thinking Lab

OVERVIEW 

This after-school LAB introduces secondary school students to the world of creativity and innovation - where young people who learn differently become students who think creatively.

KEY AREAS OF LEARNING:

Collaboration and Communication Skills: Students are taught how to organize their thoughts, data and findings and share these effectively through a variety of media, as well as orally and in writing.

Creativity and Innovation Skills: Students are enabled to generate and refine solutions to complex problems or tasks based on synthesis, analysis and ultimately combining or presenting what they have learned in new and original ways.

Critical Thinking Skills: Students are taught to analyze complex problems, investigate questions for which there are no clear-­cut answers, evaluate different points of view or sources of information, and draw appropriate conclusions based on evidence and reasoning.

Self-Direction Skills: Students will learn how to be able to take responsibility for their own learning by identifying topics to pursue and process as well as how to review their own work and respond to feedback.

Global and Local Connections: Students will be able to understand global, geo-political issues including awareness of geography, culture, language, history, and literature from other countries.

Technological Fluency: Students are taught to be able to manage their learning content and produce products using appropriate information and to apply communication technologies.

PRESENTER: NORMAN MAYERS

DURATION: on-going

WHEN: new CLASSES BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER 2019

For more information: please contact Norman Mayers, dyslexiabarbados@gmail.com


 
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The Creative Thinkers Course

In Partnership with ten HABITAT

OVERVIEW

This CAREER TRAINING COURSE is based on recognizing the undiscovered, uncultivated abilities of students and recognize them as strengths that align closely with the skills needed in the working world. 

Schools aren’t designed for students who learn differently, and most teachers aren't trained to teach students who think differently, meaning many students go through life believing that something is wrong with them.

UNTAPPED TALENT

Businesses around the world are recognizing and maximizing the strengths that thinking differently bring to their organizations. We believe that the way forward is for more employers to adopt a strengths-based approach to hiring new talent.

Through one of our innovative work-based learning partnerships, students will experience a unique mix of internships, mentorships and relationships that lead to a variety of new career opportunities as creative thinkers. 

Students will learn how to develop a portfolio—in whatever form is relevant to their field—that communicates their abilities to prospective employers. 16 to 19 year olds from all backgrounds regardless of the school grades are encouraged to apply.

PRESENTERS: TBA

DURATION: 3 MODULES

WHEN: TBA

PREREQUISITE:

For more information: please contact Norman Mayers, dyslexiabarbados@gmail.com


“In order to celebrate alternative thinking, I have added Dyslexic Thinking to my list of LinkedIn skills.”

- SIR RICHARD BRANSON

 
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The Creative Thinking Summer Camp

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MINISTRY OF INNOVATION, SCIENCE AND SMART TECHNOLOGY

OVERVIEW

Learn the fundamental skills and mindsets of creative thinking while developing the essential ingredients for being an innovator.

This 10-day training course introduces young people to a new approach to education where creative thinking skills and borderless collaboration are placed at the center of the learning experience. Through a combination of creative exercises and hands-on activities, students will walk away with a knowledge of how to apply a unique toolkit and methods to solve complex challenges in unconventional ways.

Students will learn:

    •    The 8 essential attributes of an innovator. 

    •    To think differently, a required element of innovation.

    •    How to cultivate the art of being unique together.

    •    The science of creativity.

PRESENTER: NORMAN MAYERS

DURATION: 10 DAYS

WHEN: CLASSES BEGIN IN AUGUST 2019

For more information: please contact Norman Mayers, dyslexiabarbados@gmail.com


 
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The Creative Thinking Workshop @ UWI

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY @ U.W.i.

OVERVIEW

This ambitious series of workshops will focus on the art of combining knowledge with imagination. We will use a wide variety of innovative methods, including borderless creative collaborations, thought experiments, team projects and self-organized learning environments. 

Sample-topics include how to frame and re-frame challenges, how to reject preconceived boundaries and how to tell a compelling story to communicate your concept. This course is fast-paced, engaging, and fun. Some exposure to the visual arts is a plus, but not required.

PRESENTER: NORMAN MAYERS

DURATION: 5 WEEKS

WHEN: tba

PREREQUISITE:

For more information: please contact Norman Mayers, dyslexiabarbados@gmail.com


 
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The Creative Thinking Course @ BCC

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BFA GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAM @ Barbados community college

OVERVIEW

This is a creative course that will focus on borderless creative collaboration. We will use a wide variety of innovative methods including; brain-floating, idea engineering and mind movies, through group exercises and creative team projects. 

COURSE OBJECTIVES INCLUDE:

• Discover how to multiply creativity by remixing the world.
• Learn to turn complex problems into creative visual solutions.
• Tackle the art of re-framing the familiar with playful creativity.
• 1 + 1 = 3 = 1
• Experiment with taking lateral leaps into the science of creative thinking.

PRESENTER: NORMAN MAYERS

DURATION: 10 WEEKS

WHEN: CLASSES BEGIN IN JANUARY 2020

PREREQUISITE:

For more information: please contact Norman Mayers, dyslexiabarbados@gmail.com

IF YOU’D LIKE TO JOIN IN OR BECOME AN ADOPTER WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.


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THINK LIKE A DYSLEXIC?

Are you a Visualiser, a Connector, an Imagineer, a Communicator or an Explorer? Take a 5 minute test to see if you think like a dyslexic.

DYSLEXIC THINKING TEST