Empowering Young Leaders: Building Leadership Through Design Thinking, Emotional Intelligence and Creativity
Leadership is not only for adults. Children are capable of exercising leadership and learn what leadership is at an early age. In an exponentially changing world where success demands creativity and innovation, it is imperative that children are taught leadership values that incorporate sympathy and empathy. Many educational systems started at a time when learning meant “rote memorization” but these are outdated as simple facts are available at the click of a button nowadays. However, the creative action of connecting ideas and taking action to draw new conclusions is not easy as leadership and innovation is not a valued learning objective in most schools today. Amidst the debate whether children learn to be leaders from experience or possess in born skills, it is our belief all children have the potential to develop leadership skills to navigate in a world of complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity.
This 5-day leadership program, jointly organized by the Center for Asia Leadership and Petalz, offers budding leaders from primary education a creative space to showcase their leadership and innovation skills to generate their own stories, illustrations and audiobooks. The objective of this program is to develop their human skills by boosting their self-confidence, improve on their public speaking and communication skills, teach them to identify strengths and weaknesses in themselves, help them to develop organizational skills and cultivate passion for teamwork.
This cutting edge program applies Harvard Kennedy School’s Adaptive Leadership framework and Stanford d’school’s Design Thinking methods as a practical and creative problem solving approach, emotional intelligence, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills. The program’s end result is to produce stories to progress our society’s current narratives and change the way we see things. Participants will experience four stages of learning: writing, illustration, narration and leadership entrepreneurship. Incorporated in the program are learning through play, performing arts, yoga, and sports. By the end of the program, participants will have produced their own audio-visual (AV) eBook, which will be published and uploaded online.
Through the program, you will:
- Learn about the design thinking framework
- Be exposed to leadership entrepreneurship
- Gain social psyche with first-world mind-set
- Acquire skills to produce an AV eBook (optional)
Samuel Hungsoo Kim, is the Co-founder and President of the Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives. His work at CALI has helped it to reach over 16,000 individuals in 22 countries through 80 conferences and leadership programs. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is the editor of nine books and regularly writes opinion pieces and editorials. He has worked for and with over 30 renowned organizations, including the United Nations, UNESCO, Samsung, and Toyota.
John Lim is the Co-founder and Director of International Affairs for the Center for Asia Leadership. A former fellow of the Harvard University Asia Center, he also pioneered the Center’s research and publication arm which has published nine leadership themed books as well as the Asia Leadership Institute, mentoring over 30 Teaching Fellows from Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Richard Ong believes in living a passionate and purposeful life based on values. He has worked with professionals and young entrepreneurs to create value for others. A former consultant and manager at a multinational IT company, Richard left his corporate life behind to pursue his passion for technology and coaching.
Philomena Chan is a student of life and a believer in everyday learnings. She has an industrious track record in marketing and communications, where she pioneered several award winning global businesses and household brands. Apart from being the Co-founder of Petalz, she also runs IPHILOSOPHISE.com, a platform for artists and their works – a social business that engages art for positive impact and communications.
Arienne Calingo is an alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a degree in International Education Policy. A former lecturer of Arabic language and Middle Eastern culture at Holy Angel University in the Philippines, Arienne is also the founder of LEAD: Leaders in Education, Advocacy, and Diversity, collaborating with local citizens to create education programs impacting the lives of over 5000 street children and indigenous Aeta children in the Philippine province of Pampanga. As a social entrepreneur and education advocate, Arienne has given talks on cultural diplomacy, diversity and inclusion, and international higher education at such venues as Harvard University, Georgetown University, Office of the Higher Education Commission of Thailand, Fulbright Thailand, and the British Council. She is the first woman to serve as EducationUSA Ambassador for the U.S. Embassy in Manila, having completed her undergraduate degree
with honors from Georgetown University. Besides her extensive work in education, Arienne is a graphic designer, award-winning poet, inspirational speaker, ballerina, violinist, and self-taught pianist. She is left handed and, like most left-handed individuals, loves viewing the world through a creative lens.
Matthew Turner is a professional trainer and community organizer with over ten years of international experience in community building and education. As a local university faculty member under the auspices of the United States Peace Corps in the Ukraine, he chaired programs and meetings among 10 community groups to promote civil society, he led the leadership programming for secondary school students, and led USAID-funded health and wellness camps for over 200 middle school students. While in Kazakhstan also under the U.S. Peace Corps, he supported strategic planning efforts while directing camps for local youth. In the United States and Chinese Taiwan, he designed and directed various language programs for business professionals and students, as well as training programs for teachers.
While at Harvard University, he trained under Professor of Education Leadership Monica Higgins. Matthew holds an M.A. in International Education Policy from Harvard University.
Anushka Ghosh holds a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As the Program Manager at the Simple Education Foundation in India, she designed and implemented the training program for over 90,000 K-8 government school teachers in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. As a Consultant and Researcher, she has served for the United States Agency for International Development in South Africa to increase retention in secondary schools; created a curriculum on cognitive neuroscience for children affected by war; and created an interdisciplinary body across the Harvard community that ensures collaboration between all Harvard schools and centers on human rights. Anushka is originally from India.
Evan Foggo is a trainer and international relations professional, specializing in the practice of negotiation. A Navy veteran and graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he is a current graduate student at the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Evan served as a Battalion S1 for the U.S. Navy, entrusted with the readiness and task completion of over 500 cadets in four different companies. During NATO combat operations in 2011, Evan was responsible for executing communication assignments in Libya for the Joint Force Command Headquarters in Naples, Italy. After his military career, Evan served as a Middle School Social Studies and History Teacher, in Norfolk, Academy, a rigorous independent chartered school in Norfolk, Virginia. He is an avid coach who has mentored over 100 athletes in football, wrestling, and golf.