What is Global Issues Problem Solving?

Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) is available for individuals or teams. It teaches students how to think creatively about the future as students research and analyze the annual topics. GIPS can be used as a curriculum, integrated into content areas, or offered as an extra-curricular option. Students research a topic to gather background information, become mini-experts in the topic, and predict possibilities for the future. Students receive a Future Scene, an imagined scenario based on the topic 20 to 40 years in the future, and use their research as they apply the six-step FPS model. FPS coaches are encouraged to introduce generating and focusing guidelines along with a variety of creative and critical thinking tools. These creative problem solving tools and guidelines provide students with options to generate creative possibilities and to focus on effective solutions and innovation.

What is a Future Scene?

We all have problems we’d like to solve. Some people aren’t very good at math. Some people have nosy neighbors. Some people go to bed hungry at night. No matter how small or how big the problems are, we like to solve them. It’s hard to solve a problem, though, unless we understand the problem very well. Who is involved in the problem? What is the problem? When and where does the problem occur? Why does the problem happen? How does it occur? The first step in successful problem solving is defining and describing the problem. That’s what a "Future Scene" is - a description of the problem situation you want to solve.

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How do you register for Global Issues Problem Solving?

Each Affiliate Program of FPSPI determines its own processes and fees for registration and entries.
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If your Affiliate does not offer the Global Issues Problem Solving component. We can offer this component through FPSPI Mentoring.
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Global Issues Problem Solving Team and Individual Champions

These books contain the first place team and individual booklets, as well as the evaluation scores and comments for the previous year champions.
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2019 GIPS Champs