The Bright BirdA Problem-Solving AllegoryCreated by Brian Armourof Redlands College
The Bright Birds Years ago, a pair of Bright Birds lived in the forest. You can see why they were called „Bright Birds‟. People came from afar just to catch a glimpse of them and tell the tale to their friends and family.
The Mother Bird’s ProblemSadly, the Mother BrightBird crashed into a treewhile hunting, and sufferedbrain damage.She lost the instinct formaking nests, and that’s aproblem for a bird.
But The Good News is … Luckily, the news was not all bad. She could now think logically - like a human being. So, in Spring, when it came time to make a nest, she decided to do some research to solve her problem.
Step 1 : DefiningMother Bright SafeBird thoughtdeeply about theproblem. Strong NESTLittle by little, she Shelte r-edworked out whata nest should befor her family. Snug a healthy brood of chicks
Step 1 : DefiningShe now knew what sheneeded in a nest. The nextquestion was: “How doyou design a nest to satisfythe needs?”Her answer was, “Why notgo and see how the otherbirds build their nests?”
Step 2 : LocatingMother Bright Bird studiedthe crow‟s nest. She notedthe strong sticks placed highin a tree, away fromground-based predators.“That keeps the nest safe,but how can the untidybundle of sticks withstandstrong winds?”
Step 2 : LocatingShe liked the swallow‟s nest.Made of mud, it was firm andsolid.“The nest is strong,” shethought, “but the mud willdissolve if heavy rain falls onit.”
Step 2 : LocatingShe was impressed withthe nest of the busy weaverbird. It was cleverly wovenwith stalks of grass andanimal hair.“The nest looks soft andcomfy, yet tough,” shecommented.
Step 3 : SelectingIn all, Mother Bright ☐ High, away from predatorsBird inspected 10 ☐ Strong stickstypes of birds‟ nests, ☐ Needs careful constructionbut she chose to usethe ideas she got ☐ Firm mud ☐ Needs shelterfrom the nests ofthe crow, ☐ Soft and comfythe swallow and ☐ Strongly woventhe weaver. ☐ Attached to branch
Step 4 : OrganisingMother Bright Birdborrowed ideas from Sheltering Foliagethe 3 different types ofbirds, and added herown ideas to make Woven Woven grass lining to branch Mud holdsthe finished product: sticks together High Branch
Step 5 : PresentingTo show others thatshe had borrowedsome ideas, MotherBright Bird addedfeathers fromthe crow,the swallow andthe weaverto the nest.
Step 6 : EvaluatingFinally, the nest wascomplete. MotherBright Bird couldn‟twait to try it out.She snuggled deepinto its soft lining andfelt safe and cosy -just what her chickswould need.
Step 6 : EvaluatingShe felt very satisfiedwith the nest and wasproud of the thoughtfulway she had gone aboutdesigning and making it.She announced to hermate that all was readyfor their family to be laidand raised.
Mission Accomplished!Now, there are manypairs of Bright Birdsin the forest.It would not be possibleif the first Mother BrightBird was not such a goodproblem solver. With hernest, she had bred andraise many healthy chicks.