What is Global Issue Problem Solving?
Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) is a team or individual activity in which participants research a series of global topics and learn a six-step creative problem solving process. In competition, participants apply their knowledge and the problem solving process to address a Future Scene, an imagined situation set in the future. Topics for the Future Scenes include global issues in the areas of business & economics, science & technology, and social & political areas. Each year five topics are addressed: two practice problems, a qualifying problem, an Affiliate Bowl/Final problem, and the problem at the International Conference.
Students learn in depth about topics of global importance, systematically address related complex situations, and evaluate multiple solutions in order to best address the situation through an Action Plan.
Those involved in Global Issues Problem Solving practice powerful problem solving skills using critical and creative thinking. Participants improve their communication skills through collaboration and learning to write concisely with a specific focus in mind. The nonfiction/informational text reading skills, writing skills, and team collaboration skills address many academic standards identified as critical skills by Common Core, STEAM, 21st Century Skills, and National Association for Gifted Children.
For GiPS, Scenario Writing, and Scenario Performance
Youth in Competitive Sports
Human Environmental Impact
Living in Poverty
Mission to Moon Mars and Beyond
Food Loss and Waste
Coping with Stress
Six-Step Problem Solving Model
Select an Underlying Problem (UP)
Produce Solution Ideas
Generate & Select Criteria
Develop an Action Plan