Teaching Students How to Think Not What To Think

Designed for teachers to help encourage critical and creative thinking while also teaching a problem solving process that can be used in virtually any career. From day one, students will learn how to think about the future, define challenges, and create solutions to become decision makers who solve today’s problems and those of the future.

FPS students at the International Conference

Empowering Young People to Create a Better Tomorrow

Future Problem Solving teaches a unique six step problem solving process which can be applied in the real world, in all types of careers, in local and global communities, as well as in future societies. This process teaches critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and decision making.

Future Problem Solving Programs Encourage Critical and Creative Thinking Skills

Global Issues Problem Solving

Available for teams and individuals, GIPS teaches students how to think creatively about future problems and how to identify solutions to solve them.

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Available for teams and individuals, CmPS encourages students to become agents of change by defining problems and solutions in their local and global communities.

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Scenario Writing

Available for individuals, SW teaches students creative writing skills while also helping to enlarge, enrich, and capture their view of future problems and solutions through actions and events.

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Scenario Performance

Available for individuals, ScP is for students who enjoy telling stories. Students will learn futuristic thinking while creating a story projected twenty years into the future.

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Action-Based Problem Solving

AbPS is designed for the classroom curriculum and can be used at the primary level (K-3) and up to grade 9. AbPS teaches a simplified version of the problem solving process.

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FPS Academy

Future Problem Solving has developed Virtual Lessons for the annual topics. What better way to learn about the topics and problem solving process than through asynchronous online lessons.

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The Impact of Future Problem Solving is Global and Lifelong


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Future Problem Solvers Become:

  • Skilled problem solvers with a variety of perspectives.
  • Creative and critical thinkers who look for innovative ideas.
  • Effective communicators who can build consensus.
  • Collaborative workers who are able to compromise.
  • Motivated learners who are goal directed.
  • Global citizens who take initiative to solve problems.

Applying Future Problem Solving in the Real World

“Inspired by the problem solving approach I learned in FPS, I used these tools to discover an innovative solution to a problem I had witnessed in my community. I discovered that farms in my local community were increasingly damaged by crop diseases, something I learned about from the Biosecurity topic. Working through the FPS process, I developed a self-driving robot capable of fighting crop disease before it happened. I ended up placing 1st at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, something that would not have been possible without my discovery of FPS.”

Pranav Senthilvel
Kentucky Future Problem Solving

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