In collaboration with Stanford University’s d.school, we spent two years thoughtfully designing a 32-piece toolkit to equip students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to become purposeful navigators of their lives. Wayfinder Toolkits are designed to be taught in high schools, colleges and other educational organizations as a year-long, weekly program (you can learn more about implementing Wayfinder in your school or program here).
In designing the toolkit we have drawn upon purpose development research, brain science, interviews with "purpose exemplars," and practices from native wayfinding traditions. Furthermore, we integrate design thinking principles, social emotional learning, project based learning and 21st century skills throughout the activities. Our toolkits are offered as beautifully designed bound booklets printed on large format, recycled Kraft paper in partnership with our green certified printer - a meaningful physical artifact in a digital world.
WAYFINDER JOURNEY TRACK
Our toolkit is laid out as a set of 32 "big questions" which are arranged in a sequence called the Wayfinder Journey Track:
Students are introduced to some core concepts.
- What do we value?
- What is wayfinding?
- What is a meaningful life?
- What is purpose?
Students look into themselves to understand who they are and what they value.
- What do my emotions feel like?
- How can I recalibrate my emotions?
- How can I deepen gratitude?
- What resources do I have + need?
- What is my story?
- Where did I come from?
- What characteristics do I value?
- What support do I have + need?
Students turn their attention to the world outside of themselves and start thinking about how they fit into the larger landscape.
- How can I learn from others?
- What do I care about?
- Why do I care?
- How do I fit into the world?
- What are parts of my identity?
- What journey am I expected to take?
- Where did I learn my values?
- What holds me back from new paths?
Students put what they have learned into practice and use design thinking principles to embark on a team project.
- How will we work together?
- What tools can we use?
- How do we mark progress?
- How do we share our project?
- What do we want to work on?
- What is the problem?
- What is our purposeful project?
- How do we make this happen?
Students end their Wayfinder journey by looking forward.
- How do start new projects?
- What do I want to tell my future self?
- What did our project teach us?
- How else could I follow purpose?