We've set out on an exciting journey.
Red Paper Plane took off in June 2015 from Sofia, Bulgaria. Now our school missions are run in a growing number of schools and centers worldwide and our home missions are played by families in more than 80 countries.
How it all started.
A family with two amazing kids came up with something out of the blue...
From left to right: Annie (4), Georgi, Sonny (6) and Tsveti.
Photo: Marica Kolcheva for Grazia Magazine
We are Tsveti and Georgi — a family from Bulgaria raising two kids (Sonny, 6 and Annie, 4) and applying design thinking in companies and organizations as consultants. As most parents do, we want to spend quality time with our children. Yet very few of the games, toys and activities currently available on the market truly match the learning abilities of young minds. They are also quite often boring for us, adults.
So we set ourselves a challenge — how can we combine our passion for creative problem solving in our working lives with fun, meaningful and engaging activities at home? Staying true to the design thinking principles, first we set off to know more about our users and customers. Thankfully, they were right in front of us every day.
Wе discovered that children’s interests are activity-based (focused on the process), not object-based (focused on the end goal). We also discovered that children learn from the whole experience, rather than a single moment. They don't simply want to play with a car — they want to become car designers and build their own vehicle. They don't just want to build a rocket — they want to become astronauts and spaceship commanders, plan and execute a mission, collect samples from alien planets and return them back to base. And after the adventure is over, to try again in a better way or start a brand new one.
We saw an opportunity and decided to do something about it. And this is how Red Paper Plane was born. After a year with design challenges for the home (or missions, as we call them), our small startup ventured into the brave world of education, where we started creating projects for preschools, primary schools and educational centers.
Our goal is to use the full potential of design thinking in education and bring project-based learning to a new level. Ready for a mission? Let's go!
Meet the flight crew.
We are true believers in the power of creative problem solving from early age.
Creator & mom in charge
Visionary dad in residence
Manager 'New Destinations'
Jenny is a philosophy graduate, dedicated mom, video game fan, crochet afficionado and karaoke rock star. She is our main engine when it comes to product development.
Design thinking guru
Elina is a design thinking coach and consultant trained at the two leading institutions - the HPI School of Design Thinking in Potsdam and Stanford d.school. She is working on design projects all over the globe.
Digital marketing magician
Momchil is our London-based SEO and digital marketing powerhouse. Always on the positive side of life, he also enjoys snowboarding and photography.
Mariya is our Singapore-based education expert. She is currently the Education and Career Guidance Counsellor at one of the leading institutions in town — Raffles Girls' School.