Background


The Future Problem Solving Program (FPSP) is an international competition that formally involves thousands of students annually from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Singapore,Turkey, India and the United States. The aim of FPSP is to develop the ability of young people globally to design and promote positive futures using critical, creative thinking.

Even if students are not formally involved in FPSP competitions, students can still learn the 6-step problem-solving process that FPSP advocates to apply to problems students face from other situations - be it in their lives at school, at home, or more specifically for Projects' Competition.

Introductory Video - How FPSP Can Benefit You




The Six-Step Problem Solving Model of FPSP


In FPSP, you will first read a scenario set in the future. This scenario will be riddled with problems that you need to identify and infer. The aim is to find the greatest problem in this scenario and design a solution that can, as a result, change the world the most.

After reading the future scene, FPSP-ers will:

Step 1: Identify Potential Challenges
Step 2: Identify the Underlying Problem (UP)
Step 3: Identify Potential Solutions to the UP
Step 4: Identify Criteria to Select the Best Solution
Step 5: Apply Criteria to Select the Best Solution
Step 6: Design an Action Plan for the Best Solution

IS Session (24 Feb 2012)


This IS session specifically teaches you the above 6 steps in brief. You will get more experience in FPSP throughout your years in HCI - through Interdisciplinary Studies Modules, Projects Competition, and perhaps even in formal FPSP competitions.

FPSP Six Steps in Problem Solving