BlueDragon’s creator believes that Critical Thinking and Complex Problem Solving skills are becoming a lost art, and has established an initiative to bring BlueDragon workshops to Veterans, colleges and universities, as well as Hispanics and other underprivileged groups.
Many learning organizations provide theories on critical thinking and problem solving, but few provide training on real-world problem solving skills. (One Dean at a University Medical School noted that, tragically, critical thinking and problem solving have been replaced by cell phone search engines). BlueDragon tools and techniques have been taught to Design Thinking Teams at Princeton University’s Keller Center for Entrepreneurship, and we are looking for ways to partner with the Wounded Warrior Project, the VA and other Veteran services organizations.
BlueDragon's creator, Rob De La Espriella, noted that certain groups are not being taught practical, real-world problem-solving tools and techniques that would make them better prepared to enter the work force and make them more competitive when seeking employment, particularly in STEM fields.
As a Hispanic and a Naturalized Citizen (Rob immigrated from Colombia in 1968), Rob launched "The BlueDragon Initiative," to bring real-world critical thinking and complex problem solving tools and techniques to:
Graduating college seniors
Traditionally Black Colleges and Universities
Veterans transitioning to the work force
Since the summer of 2016, Rob has been teaching BlueDragon Critical Thinking tools to Design Thinking Teams at Princeton University's Keller Center for Entrepreneurship. These tools are helping the teams gain valuable insights they use to solve significant issues in society. (Click here for an article from 2018).
“I was blown away. This workshop should be taught to every [college] graduating senior, to give them real-world problem solving skills.”
(Cody W. – May 2017 - University of TN PhD Candidate in Nuclear Engineering)
“Rob really showed us what the process of creative critical thinking can look like. The level at which he was able to connect with the groups helped us internalize the value of his lessons beyond a mere presentation or lecture. The tools he taught helped us reorganize ourselves and our understanding of our challenge, which reframed where we were and gave us a sense of where to go next.”
(Drey T. Princeton University Class of ’20 - Member of the Design Thinking Team working on improving the care for the homeless in NYC)
DLE has awarded free tuition to over 80 full-time university students.
We are seeking sponsors and partners to help us put on workshops at colleges and universities at no cost to students or the university. It takes as little as $5000 to sponsor a workshop for 20 students at your local college or university.
We offer college interns at STEM companies placement in our workshops with discounted tuition.
We are seeking to partner with a Historically Black College or University to pilot a BlueDragon initiative at the colleges.
We are seeking a University to sponsor a multi-year study to compare the performance of a group of students that receive the BlueDragon problem solving tools against a control group that did not receive these valuable tools.
We are seeking Veteran support organizations that would like to sponsor BlueDragon workshops for Veterans transitioning to the workforce.