Envisioning, Planning and Problem-solving

Fellows' Perspectives on Teaching across Disciplines: 2012 All Cohort Reunion Curriculum Resource Exchange


These resources on inter- and multidisciplinary graduate training were presented during the Curriculum Resource Exchange session at the 2012 All Cohort Reunion.

Chris Field: Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving. A collaboratory for postdocs & grad students to work on a real-world issue: mountain lions at Jasper Ridge

Karen Lips: Multidisciplinary Training in Environmental Sustainability including course descriptions & syllabus. Collaborative problem-solving course for business and biology students at University of Maryland

Graduate Student Expectations and Milestones


This is a sheet passed on through multiple labs. Edit it for your own program, and make it a living document with your students, adding their insights as well as yours!


Leading change handouts: June 2011


Collection of handouts and materials used by Peter Redstone and Martin Bloxham during the June 2011 training (June training website includes the presentation slides and the facilitators' bios).

See also the packet of strategic thinking handouts.

Mindmapping handout


Handout from a 2010 All Cohort Reunion session facilitated by Peter Redstone and Martin Bloxham.  It is useful in multiple contexts:

• An alternative to brainstorming as a way for a group to explore a whole idea

• Structured decision-making

• Deconstructing or analyzing a problem: causes, stakeholders, symptoms, etc.

Tony Buzan, a creativity expert, is credited with originating the tool.

Mission Vision: Defining Your Research Group


During the Curriculum Resource Exchange session at the 2012 All Cohort Reunion, Jessica Hellmann presented this poster on creating mission and vision statements with your research group to help motivate everyone's best work. Jessica provides additional context about how her lab created and uses their statements in a post on her blog. You may also be interested in this Nature interview with Jessica on how the mission and vision statements shape her activities as a scientist.

PMI-OPV technique


Techniques to bring new thinking and approaches into strategy-building and problem-solving: PMI-OPV (plus-minus-interesting, other point of view). Dawn Wright learned these techniques from Martin Bloxham of Barefoot Thinking during her Leopold Leadership training and customized them to share with her colleagues. See also her blog post on this topic.

Strategic thinking worksheets: June 2011


Handouts from the strategic thinking exercise presented during the June 2011 training by Martin Bloxham and Peter Redstone (website has presentation slides and facilitators' bios).

Handouts from the leading change sessions are also available (including HBDI, gearbox, mindmapping, and Switch).

Structured conversation


Notes and questions that offer a way to create a structured discussion on the questionHow to play (tactics, pitfalls) the “public intellectual” without stepping over the line to losing the objectivity of academia?

Andy organized this discussion for a clinic at the June 2012 All Cohort Reunion.  He posted it in the Leopold Leadership 3.0 blog as well.