133 episodes

Cultures of innovation begin with a culture of empathy. As you navigate today’s changing world the question remains how do you create these cultures? How do you scale them? And how do you help people develop the mindset and skills to thrive within them?

These are the questions people ask Dr. Sabba Quidwai, researcher, educator and storyteller. Each week we’ll explore the answers with stories and strategies from researchers, education leaders and today’s young people as we explore how might we design schools.

Designing Schools Dr. Sabba Quidwai

    • Education
    • 4.6 • 27 Ratings

Cultures of innovation begin with a culture of empathy. As you navigate today’s changing world the question remains how do you create these cultures? How do you scale them? And how do you help people develop the mindset and skills to thrive within them?

These are the questions people ask Dr. Sabba Quidwai, researcher, educator and storyteller. Each week we’ll explore the answers with stories and strategies from researchers, education leaders and today’s young people as we explore how might we design schools.

    EP #133 | DS 39| Finding Joy in Everyday Moments

    EP #133 | DS 39| Finding Joy in Everyday Moments

    In this episode we discuss how both ancient philosophy and contemporary science guide us towards true contentment and well-being, emphasizing the importance of pausing in our fast-paced world to appreciate moments of genuine joy.Try This Prompt: 'Based on these moments that brought me joy, what activities can I plan for next week to ensure similar joyful experiences?Situation: You're looking to enhance your daily experiences with moments of joy but feel overwhelmed by the fast pace of life. You want to find ways to integrate more meaningful activities into your routine.Problem: Despite your desire, you're struggling with feeling overburdened and finding it challenging to prioritize joy amidst your busy schedule.Aspiration: Your goal is to discover and prioritize activities that bring you the most joy. You’ve heard about the potential of AI to help manage time and priorities and are curious to see how it can aid in increasing your happiness.Results: You aspire to have an increased number of joyful moments each week, creating a more fulfilling and happy life.Kismet: Based on these moments that brought me joy, what activities can I plan for next week to ensure similar joyful experiences?
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    EP #132 | DS 37 | Cultivating Resilience: Growing Through Adversity

    EP #132 | DS 37 | Cultivating Resilience: Growing Through Adversity

    In this episode of ‘Your Daily SPARK,’ we explore the vital role of resilience in navigating life’s challenges and the transformative power of adversity. In a world increasingly influenced by AI, developing resilience is essential for adapting to new technologies, overcoming personal obstacles, and emerging stronger. We delve into strategies such as embracing a growth mindset, developing emotional agility, strengthening support networks, and leveraging AI as a tool for resilience.

    Try This Prompt :

    Hello ChatGPT, recently, I've faced significant challenges adapting to the rapid shift to remote work, which tested my work-life balance and led to feelings of isolation and burnout. This experience highlighted my need to build resilience and find a more sustainable way to manage work and personal life. I'm interested in exploring AI tools and strategies that can aid in this endeavor. Could you recommend 3-4 AI tools or strategies that can help me enhance my resilience, optimize my routine, and achieve a better work-life balance? Additionally, how can these tools support my emotional well-being and help me cultivate a growth mindset and emotional agility during times of change? My goal is to transform this adversity into an advantage, establishing a more flexible and efficient work routine that not only addresses current challenges but also prepares me for future ones.

    Resources I Created For You:
    Personalized AI Roadmap: Take this quiz to find out how prepared you and your organization are for an AI world and get a free personalized AI plan
    https://designingschools.org/ai-quiz-start

    Free Webinar: AI Simplified - 3 Steps to Secure Your Career Future and Cut 8+ Hours From Your Week
    https://designingschools.org/aibwebinar

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    • 4 min
    EP #131 | DS 26 | Embracing Change: Strategies for Personal and Professional Growth

    EP #131 | DS 26 | Embracing Change: Strategies for Personal and Professional Growth

    In today's episode of ‘Your Daily SPARK,’ we explore how to embrace change as a catalyst for personal and professional growth. In an era marked by rapid advancements in AI, learning to navigate change is indispensable. We discuss strategies to reframe perspectives on change, stay curious, build adaptability, and leverage AI tools for learning, positioning ourselves for success in an ever-evolving world.

    Try This Prompt:

    Hello ChatGPT, as I face [identify a recent or upcoming change, e.g., the integration of AI into my workflow], I'm encountering some challenges, including [list fears or uncertainties, e.g., keeping up with younger colleagues and learning the technical skills required]. I'm eager to embrace this change as an opportunity for growth and am looking for strategies to help me adapt and thrive. Could you provide me with 3-4 specific resources or ways to embrace this change, focusing on how I can use AI to enhance my learning and adaptability? I aspire to see this change as a pathway to [imagine benefits or growth, e.g., more efficient work and leadership opportunities], and I'm committed to turning this into a positive development in my personal and professional life. How can I leverage AI and other tools to quickly master new skills and technologies, ensuring I not only adapt but also excel in this new landscape?

    Resources I Created For You:
    Personalized AI Roadmap: Take this quiz to find out how prepared you and your organization are for an AI world and get a free personalized AI plan
    https://designingschools.org/ai-quiz-start

    Free Webinar: AI Simplified - 3 Steps to Secure Your Career Future and Cut 8+ Hours From Your Week
    https://designingschools.org/aibwebinar

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    • 5 min
    EP #130 | DS 35 | Setting Boundaries with Your Technology

    EP #130 | DS 35 | Setting Boundaries with Your Technology

    Today's episode of ‘Your Daily SPARK’ emphasizes the importance of setting digital boundaries in an age of constant connectivity, inspired by insights from Brianna Wiest's "The Mountain Is You." We explore strategies for managing our digital interactions with intention, ensuring that we maintain our focus, peace, and sense of self amidst the noise of on-demand culture.

    Try This Prompt:

    Hi ChatGPT, in my effort to reclaim my attention and foster a more intentional digital life, I've recognized the need to establish clear boundaries around my digital interactions. I'm frequently distracted by notifications, feeling a constant pressure to respond immediately, which disrupts my focus and intrudes on my personal time. I want to develop a personal mantra that I can use as a reminder to pause and reflect before reacting to notifications. Additionally, I need help framing two critical questions to assess the true urgency of these digital interruptions. These tools should help me discern whether an immediate response is genuinely necessary or if it can wait, allowing me to prioritize my current activity and well-being. This approach is about more than just managing distractions; it's about cultivating a balanced, mindful digital life where I choose where to invest my attention and energy. Can you assist me in creating this mantra and these guiding questions?

    Resources I Created For You:
    Personalized AI Roadmap: Take this quiz to find out how prepared you and your organization are for an AI world and get a free personalized AI plan
    https://designingschools.org/ai-quiz-start

    Free Webinar: AI Simplified - 3 Steps to Secure Your Career Future and Cut 8+ Hours From Your Week
    https://designingschools.org/aibwebinar

    Visit My Website
    www.designingschools.org




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    • 4 min
    EP #129 | DS 34 | Digital Debt - How to Reclaim Your Time

    EP #129 | DS 34 | Digital Debt - How to Reclaim Your Time

    Today's episode of ‘Your Daily SPARK’ illuminates the concept of digital debt — the accumulation of digital tasks such as unread emails and unchecked notifications that consume our time and hinder productivity. We delve into strategies for managing this modern burden, emphasizing the importance of intentional time investment to foster creativity and reduce digital overload.

    Try This Prompt:

    "Hi ChatGPT, as I navigate my daily digital routines, I've noticed that [specific task, e.g., managing my inbox] significantly contributes to what's known as digital debt, taking up [X hours/minutes] of my day and detracting from my creative and high-value work. This realization has prompted me to seek AI tools or strategies that could help cut down the time I spend on this task by at least 50%. I'm aiming to reallocate the time saved towards more fulfilling activities, enhancing my productivity and creativity. Could you recommend any AI solutions or approaches that could assist in achieving this goal? Additionally, I'm interested in how I can implement these changes effectively to maximize the benefits. This effort is not just about reducing digital clutter but about enriching my work and personal life through smarter, more intentional work habits."

    Resources I Created For You:
    Personalized AI Roadmap: Take this quiz to find out how prepared you and your organization are for an AI world and get a free personalized AI plan
    https://designingschools.org/ai-quiz-start

    Free Webinar: AI Simplified - 3 Steps to Secure Your Career Future and Cut 8+ Hours From Your Week
    https://designingschools.org/aibwebinar

    Visit My Website
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    • 5 min
    EP #128 | DS 33 | Digital Minimalism

    EP #128 | DS 33 | Digital Minimalism

    In this episode of ‘Your Daily SPARK,’ we delve into the concept of digital minimalism in the AI era, focusing on how to selectively choose digital tools that not only solve problems but are the right fit for our evolving goals. We discuss creating an Essentialist Tech Toolkit, highlighting the importance of quality over quantity in our digital tools.

    Try This Prompt:

    Hey ChatGPT, as I navigate through the vast digital landscape, I've realized the need to declutter and focus on digital tools that truly resonate with me and support my growth. I'm looking to develop a set of personal criteria to guide me in selecting digital tools that align with my goals, work style, and potential for growth. These criteria should help me differentiate essential tools from the transient ones, ensuring that my digital environment promotes productivity, creativity, and personal well-being. Can you help me draft a set of questions or considerations that I can use to evaluate digital tools? These should cover aspects like scalability, user-friendliness, integration capabilities, and innovation potential. Furthermore, I'd appreciate guidance on creating a reflection template to assess the tools I currently use and any new ones I'm considering. This exercise is not just for me but also to share with my team, to aid us all in reducing digital clutter and making more intentional choices about the tools we incorporate into our digital lives.

    Resources I Created For You:
    Personalized AI Roadmap: Take this quiz to find out how prepared you and your organization are for an AI world and get a free personalized AI plan
    https://designingschools.org/ai-quiz-start

    Free Webinar: AI Simplified - 3 Steps to Secure Your Career Future and Cut 8+ Hours From Your Week
    https://designingschools.org/aibwebinar

    Visit My Website

    www.designingschools.org


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    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

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Inspiring messages paired with practical approaches

An accessible and inspiring podcast that capitalizes on the global education community to design more engaging and relevant learning experiences for our young people. I enjoy how Sabba values and amplifies voices of classroom teachers to compliment Research-based perspectives of academia to provide something for everyone.

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Designing Schools is a winner!

Dr. Q is super! She has such insight and knows exactly what to ask her guests to get the most useful and authentic response. Her knowledge and experience in using Design Thinking is truly an asset that she uses throughout each episode. I highly recommend having an in-depth listen to this podcast!

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Insightful & Relevant Conversations!

As a community college educator, I find so many relevant insights on this podcast. As we navigate these exciting and changing times, we need to hear voices from all fields and industries so that we can draw from each other. I appreciate the variety of leaders that Sabba (Dr. Q) interviews, and I learn something new and valuable in every episode. Mostly though, I feel energized and excited about the future after hearing these conversations. Sabba’s enthusiasm jumps through and her thoughtful questions lead to fascinating revelations from everyone she speaks with.

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