“There’s a better way. Find it.”
Thomas Edison’s timeless and inspiring quote embodies the mindset of visionaries in education, communities and business.

HFLI imagines, designs and delivers programs to help people become more creative and innovative in how they think and learn. We mobilize and partner with organizations around the world to empower innovators and resourceful learners with the tools, skills and capacity to empathize, ideate, create and adapt as contributing members of thriving schools, communities, and workplaces.

Our approach to redesigning how we learn includes Design Thinking, a creative problem solving process. Working with the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (“the d.school”), we have refined the Design Thinking process to explicitly develop innovators and resourceful lifelong learners.

 

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Schools

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HFLI’s reformative model for learning equips K-12 students with the skills to imagine and innovate a brighter future and to make the effective transition from the classroom to college and beyond.

We have a strong history of working with learners in urban areas to build skills for innovating, including the ability to think creatively, work collaboratively with others, and implement innovations.

schools-02Our approach promotes empathy, authentic hands-on learning, skills in critical thinking and problem solving, and connecting the world of school to the world of work and community.

We serve nearly 1,900 students and 175 staff members at our four urban Henry Ford Academies, as well as learners at schools across the world where we provide Design Thinking workshops and coaching.

 

Upcoming Workshops

School Leaders Collaborating

Innovation Leaders – Detroit MI

This 2-day workshop provides school leaders and transformational educators with the chance to build skills and work collaboratively to identify …

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Intro to Design Thinking for Educators

Intro to Design Thinking for Educators – Detroit MI

This 3-day workshop provides an in-depth, experiential introduction to Design Thinking and how it can be used to engage students …

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Intro to Design Thinking for Educators

Intro to Design Thinking for Educators – San Antonio TX

This 3-day workshop provides an in-depth, experiential introduction to Design Thinking and how it can be used to engage students …

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Implementing and Extending Design Thinking in Education

Innovation Collaborative for Design Thinking – Detroit MI

This 2-day seminar is for educators who are already familiar with the basics of Design Thinking and want to share …

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Communities

Catalyzing change requires a structured approach to identify, explore, and work through challenges found at work and in the community. As an outgrowth our initiatives with schools, HFLI has developed immersive programs that can be used with and by any non-profit or other community organization that wants to embrace learning and professional growth for social impact.

Our immersive, participatory learning experience is guided by Design Thinking methods and processes that unearth possible strategies and projects with the potential to increase collaboration among community members, deepen the value of cooperation and participation amongst local organizations, leverage existing community resources, and launch new models of community engagement.

 

 

Workplaces

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Imagination and the ability to innovate are critical skills for business success in a global economy. Top employers are looking for people who can make decisions and solve problems. Building on our success within the K-12 education sector, HFLI has become a learning partner to a range of businesses, including Ford Motor Company, helping individuals and teams develop creative problem solving skills and mindsets that power business innovation.

 

Guided by Design Thinking methods and processes, our immersive workshops help people in workplaces of all sizes to be more creative and innovative in how they think and work, as individuals and as members of teams.