THE APPLE AND THE MOON

The story goes that Sir Isaac Newton cracked the mystery of gravity when he saw an apple fall from a tree and wondered why it fell perpendicular to the ground rather than up or sideways.

While this realisation was important, alone it wasn’t enough. Looking beyond the boundaries of earth, Newton looked up to the moon and realised that for it to hang in the sky, the same forces that pull an apple to the ground, must be the same that keep the moon as a projectile in its gravitational orbit around our planet.

He connected the two and stretched his thinking beyond his initial perspective, beyond the planetary boundaries and up to the moon, to see the bigger picture. So, it seems Newton was a NXthinker too.

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Oman: The sea of banana palms

Every year, the NXplorers programme runs awards programmes across the globe, celebrating the work of students and showcasing their impactful projects to their peers, their teachers and mentors as well as the wider community. This year in Oman, the Awasir Team explored relationship between a banana, their town’s cultural and economic heritage and its surrounding ecosystems.
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Training Reimagined - Indonesia

In Indonesia, the team has just completed their Train-the-Trainer programme ahead of the first cycle of NXplorers programmes in schools later this year. The programme has been designed to give trainers the information they need to help NXplorers participants to develop the skills they need to become agents of positive change and explore real-world problems from new perspectives. But, while the trainers were learning how to inspire NXplorers, they weren’t expecting to find inspiration for themselves.
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Training Reimagined - Hong Kong

The NXplorers team in Hong Kong is taking a brand-new approach to implementing the NXplorers programme. Rather than running Train-the-Trainer sessions for trainers to run workshops with students in secondary and tertiary education, the trainers are learning to deliver workshops to teachers of primary aged students. Building on the core ambitions of NXplorers to rethink what’s possible, reinvent what’s not and redesign the systems that we need to map out a sustainable future, the Hong Kong team has taken a systems thinking approach to positive impact in education.
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CRITICAL THINKING - THE POWER OF PERSPECTIVE

International collaboration has been crucial to some of humanity’s greatest achievements. When we combine different perspectives we close the gaps in the bigger picture and fill the different blind spots that every person has. In an experiment it was discovered that Americans tend to focus on objects, while Japanese people were more likely to register the context in which an object is situated. Each culture has a shared blind spot, but when the two points of view are combined, a fuller picture emerges.
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