Global Issues Problem Solving

Make a Positive Impact In Your World and Your Future.

Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) teaches students how to think creatively about the future as students research and analyze the annual topics. Global Issues Problem Solving can be used as a curriculum, integrated into content areas, or offered as an extra-curricular option. Students research a series of global topics and apply Future Problem Solving Program’s six step problem solving process to resolve the Future Scene, a hypothetical scenario, set 20-30 years in the future. Culminating in a detailed Action Plan, entries are authentically assessed and scored by trained evaluators.

Students in Global Issues Problem Solving Competition
Why Global Issues Problem Solving?

FPS’s Global Issues Problem Solving component provides the tools and strategies students need to face the challenges of today and the future. Students complete in-depth research about topics of global importance, then learn to systematically address topic related complex situations. Through GIPS, students gain the skills to not only create solutions to difficult problems, but how to evaluate those solutions and then turn them into a workable plan of action. Students involved in GIPS practice powerful problem solving skills that engage their critical and creative thinking. Students will improve their communication skills through collaboration with teammates, and learn to write clearly and concisely with a specific focus. The 4Cs – collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creative thinking are infused into GIPS.

What are the Annual Topics?

Topics for the Future Scenes include global issues in the areas of business & economics, science & technology, and social & political. Each year five topics are addressed: two Practice Problems, a Qualifying Problem, an Affiliate Bowl/Final problem, and the problem at the International Conference. Current topics and full descriptions can be found here.

Does FPS have to be done in the classroom?

While many coaches utilize classroom time for FPS, others use it in an after-school enrichment setting, or coach wholly online. Some groups participate as non-school affiliated clubs in their community. Parents, teachers, administrators, retirees – if you are interested in helping students achieve their goals, and become better prepared for the future, consider becoming a coach.

Our Impact

The impact of Future Problem Solving

FPS Students from more than 37 states and 14 countries.

Over 250,000 students globally
have participated in the last decade!

Promotes Written and Verbal communication skills

Promotes both Written and Verbal communication skills