What is FPS and What Can You Learn?

Our Mission

To develop the ability of young people globally to design and achieve positive futures through problem solving using critical and creative thinking.

What is Future Problem Solving?

Future Problem Solving is a dynamic international program involving thousands of students annually from the United States and many other countries around the world. Future Problem Solving (FPS) teaches a unique six step problem solving process which can be applied in the real world, in local and global communities, as well as in future societies. This problem solving process teaches critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and decision making. Coaches and Teachers can teach the FPS problem solving model to their students in a classroom setting, in an after school program, or at home for home schoolers. We provide coaches and teachers with training, resources, and support.

Foster 21st Century Learning Skills

The diverse components offered by Future Problem Solving address the need for creativity and critical thinking within the curriculum in order for students to prepare effectively for the future in front of them. Students increase their global awareness and explore content related to business & economics, science & technology, and society & politics through the study of a series of current topics projected into the future. Students will focus on what is happening in the world today (research) and what might happen in the future (foresight). FPS can also be integrated into other curriculum areas, especially language arts and social studies. Participation in the program strongly supports the development of 21st Century Skills.

Learning and Innovation Skills – The 4 C’s

– Creativity and Innovation – Problem solving situations are set in the future to encourage inventive thinking. Students learn to look at situations from a variety of perspectives. Creativity is essential as they generate challenges and develop multiple ideas for solutions to pressing problems.

– Critical Thinking and Problem Solving – Students use analysis to gain an understanding of issues in today’s world and to comprehend the significant aspects of complex situations set in the future. Problem solving skills are applied as they focus on possible solutions and develop Action Plans for those situations.

– Communication and Collaboration – Students collaborate in teams while learning about the issues and while applying their problem solving skills. Clear and articulate communication is developed while working with a team, an essential skill for our future leaders.

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Anti-Harassment Policy:

Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) strives to create and maintain an environment in which people are treated with dignity, decency, and respect, and which is characterized by mutual trust and the absence of intimidation, oppression, and exploitation.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Belonging (DEIB):

Since its founding in 1974, Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) has sought to empower students through critical thinking and creative problem-solving to effect positive change. To enhance our understanding of complex challenges and positive solutions that affect us all, we must recognize the impacts of intersectionality and be inclusive of diverse identities. We are committed to recognizing the humanity and dignity of all people, developing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization, and assessing and dismantling barriers to participation in this community. FPSPI supports a global present and future in which we all work against discrimination, prejudice, and oppression. As a global community, we advocate for inclusive policies and practices that improve access, participation, and support across our organization, to achieve our vision of a strong, resilient, and prosperous world wherein no problem is too complex to solve.