GIPS Middle Team 2014

Global Issues Problem Solving

Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) is a competitive component of FPSPI which can be accomplished as a team (of 4) or individual activity in which participants research a series of global topics and learn a six-step creative problem solving process. Problem solvers apply their topic and creative problem solving knowledge to address a charge presented in an imagined situation, termed Future Scene.

Trained evaluators score student work and return it with feedback including suggestions for improvement. The top scoring teams and individuals on the qualifying problem are invited to Affiliate FPS Competitions. The winners of each respective Affiliate FPS Competition advance to the FPSP International Conference in June.

Four divisions are offered:Junior (grades 4-6), Middle (grades 7-9), Senior (grades 10-12), and Adult.

Learn more about GIPS
Example 2017 Senior Future Scene and Team booklet

GIPS 2016 Champs
Global Issues Problem Solving Team and Individual Champions 2016 is available on FPSPI Mart. This book contains the first place team and individual Global Issues Problem Solving booklets and evaluation scores and comments.

What is a Future Scene?

We all have problems we’d like to solve. Some people aren’t very good at math. Some people have nosy neighbors. Some people go to bed hungry at night. No matter how small or how big the problems are, we like to solve them. It’s hard to solve a problem, though, unless we understand the problem very well. Who is involved in the problem? What is the problem? When and where does the problem occur? Why does the problem happen? How does it occur? The first step in successful problem solving is defining and describing the problem. That’s what a "Future Scene" is - a description of the problem situation you want to solve.

What do you do with a Future Scene?

  • Use a Future Scene to generate challenges related to the topic.
  • Use a Future Scene to project yourself into the future.
    • What has changed?
    • What other areas might change?
    • How old will you be in that year?
  • Use the Future Scene as a story starter.
  • Can you see how you might use Future Scenes in real-life situations to help solve personal problems?
  • Use Future Scenes to work toward solving community, state, national, and international problems.
  • How might you use a Future Scene in the classroom to teach sound thinking skills and problem-solving behaviors?
  • Use Future Scenes in academic competitions to motivate students to excel, create an "Imagined Future."

Enjoy the FPS 2008 Future Scene on the topic of Olympic Games


Future Problem Solving Program International provides doorways to all of these uses of Future Scenes. To learn more about Future Scenes, check out our publication, Problem Solving Across the Curriculum, located in FPSPI Mart.