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Design thinking -- it's a popular buzzword these days, with companies from IBM to GE using this approach to develop innovative products and reinvigorate their operations. But what exactly is design thinking and why is it playing an increasingly important role in K-12 education? Design thinking, or human-centered design, is all about focusing on the needs of people to ensure that the correct problem is being solved in the most effective way. With critical thinking skills becoming increasingly important in a knowledge-based economy, many educators see design thinking as a way to tap into students' passions while enabling them to solve problems in an ever-more diverse and interconnected world. This panel of experts shares their insight on design thinking and its power to transform classrooms and equip students with 21st century skills vital to success.

"People carry their values with them even if they share a common geography," says Mary Walshok, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor, Public Programs; Dean, UC San Diego Extension. How do these values impact the world of work and how will they shape your career journey? Walshok speaks with a group of high school seniors about the changing career landscape and how to make opportunities in the job market. Recorded on 4/15/2017.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, becoming the first Nobel laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. This keynote address from the UC San Diego's 2017 commencement ceremony centers on the power of compassion and finding happiness in life. He urges the graduates to use their knowledge to better the world in peaceful ways. Recorded on 6/17/2017.
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