A different perspective
“Within Healthy Start I get the opportunity to work with all kinds of different people. From cognitive and social psychologists to medical researchers, policy makers, youth workers and of course young people themselves. I find that extremely enriching. Healthy Start is anything but an ivory tower, but rather a place of connection.
At the same time, I realize that my background sometimes gives me a different perspective on conducting research. Yet I hope that I can show how important it is to also use methods and techniques from the design world within scientific research projects. I am mainly thinking of ways to stimulate creativity. Not only is creativity essential in every phase of scientific research, but I am also convinced that our society as a whole can benefit from more creativity.
In my view, more attention should be paid to this in primary and secondary education. Encourage children’s creative abilities in a fun way. If they develop this skill, they will be better prepared for a job later in life. Moreover, I expect that children and young people who are creative will dare to think about social issues with more self-confidence. After all, they have learned the necessary skills to tackle complex problems.”