Solution Team®

Bystander Revolution: Nicholas Carlisle | Solution Teams

Every school needs an effective solution for responding to the incidents of bullying that take place on its campus. 

Under level three of the No Bully System the school brings together a Solution Team® of students and leverages their empathy to end the bullying of one of their peers. The teacher tells the students they are not in trouble, describes how it feels to be in the target’s shoes and asks them what they can do or stop doing to stop the bullying. The team includes the bully, the bully-followers and positive leaders from the peer group. The educator leads the team through two structured follow-up meetings, the final one attended by the target.

  • Schools with teachers and staff trained to be their Solution Coaches and run Solution Teams are able to solve 90% of incidents of bullying. 
  • When a student is harassed because of a protected characteristic (e.g., race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity), the Solution Coach uses the Solution Team to reflect and provide real life learning on the effects of intolerance.
  • Over time Solution Teams create classroom and school cultures where students are more accepting of differences, more trusting of adult help and where incidents of bullying are significantly reduced.

In 2012 Solution Team® was awarded First Prize in a global competition organized by Ashoka Changemakers for how it activates empathy to achieve social impact and sustainability. 628 innovations were considered from 74 countries.