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Educating the Edisons of the 21st Century

Welcome to the Fellowship Repository

Welcome to the Fellowship Repository of educational materials on the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ)!

This repository is created as a part of National Senior Fellowship of Professor Iouri Belski that was awarded by the Department of Education and Training of the Australian Government.

Materials that are offered by this repository are expected to help engineering graduates of the 21st Century to become as creative as Thomas Alva Edison – one of the most creative engineers in the history of humankind.

Materials on offer cover simple TRIZ heuristics that can be learnt in just an hour. Evidence from research and industry suggests that everyone who is going to devote time to learn these tools will be able to propose more and broader ideas for any practical problem the person will face.

TRIZ is an English transliteration of the Russian acronym ТРИЗ for "Теория Решения Изобретательских Задач" (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving). TRIZ is a generic name for a family of heuristics (tools) for problem analysis, problem reframing, failure analysis and creative problem solving that was conceived in Russia in the 1950s. TRIZ is grounded on analysis of thousands of patents that revealed important trends of development of artefacts. The original six tools of ‘classical TRIZ’, were developed (by mid 1980s) specifically for the engineering design practice. Today TRIZ family contains over 20 tools (including software) that spread from weak to strong heuristics. TRIZ tools are widely used by engineers at multinational corporations like Intel, GE, Philips, Siemens, Bosch, Boeing, Samsung, LG, Cochlear.

Materials offered by this repository are intended for usage by university academics and students and are offered under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) Creative Commons Licence.

By 2019 this repository will contain educational materials for 12 TRIZ heuristics. At the moment it offers self-study and teaching materials for the following four heuristics:

Please study the 'Edisons 21: Teaching and Learning Mind Map' (Download) before you start teaching or learning TRIZ heuristics.

If you wish to enhance your creative skills and win a trip to Sydney in December 2017, participate in the Edisons21.com Creativity Challenge (Download the condtions).

Watch the shortest history of TRIZ