Making an Age of Repair - Silkwood Independent School

Hannah Ison, Erica Patrick and Gabi Wild
Ongoing strategic design immersion, ideation + education within schools

We live in a fragmented world plagued by climate change, global inequity, structural unsustainability and loss of traditional cultural values and practices. Using the 2013 Queensland plan as an example of flawed approaches to thinking about the future. This workshop was designed to engage with Year 9 and 10 students using Cognitive Redirective Mapping processes, in order to rethink the future of Queensland. We were asked by Tristan Schultz, on behalf of Redirective Practice, to assist in this workshop at Silkwood by roaming around the room helping students where need be. We were then asked to design the associated event book covering everything that happened on the day.

Silkwood offers a very unique educational program that sets them apart from more traditional schooling systems. Silkwood apply a multifaceted pedagogical approach to their curriculum, which enables them to provide a more student-centred way of learning. Students worked in groups of 4-5 and were assisted by teachers and Redirective Practice members who were able to provide direction, and input different perspectives on the topics. As well as providing participants with the opportunity to think about their future visions for Queensland, the workshop also equips them with the skills needed in the 21st century to navigate complex future challenges. This workshop teaches participants a useful design-thinking tool that they will be able to apply to strategically navigate through any challenges their future may hold.

This workshop took place as an extension of the Making an Age of Repair: Queensland event series by Redirective Practice. The original event format was redesigned to suit high-school students as part of Kids who Care and Repair (Barnett & Schultz, 2015).

Max Reynolds