Re-Designing the Design Process

Lessons learned from Mahali’s first design challenge

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Participants of the initial team with all six members pitching, receiving training, and developing their solution through the design sprint
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Team Fanous receiving training on how to prioritize various ideas
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Participants in the application hackathon going through an icebreaker to help form teams

1. Select changemakers, foster teams

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Participants being guided by lead design researcher, Nada (middle), on how to narrow the problem statement

2. Narrow the frame with community involvement in advance

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An example of a mindset card, “Living with Ambiguity,” translated into Arabic for community innovators

3. Build new mindsets

4. Integrating existing evidence is a special challenge for non-English speakers

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A community member being guided by an innovator on a design research activity to understand the challenge of income

5. Human-centered design is just one tool

6. Test immediately

7. Curate critical feedback

8. Representation in leadership positions matters

Changes to look for in Challenge Two:

1. An application that filters for commitment

2. A hackathon to build solutions earlier on

3. A bootcamp to build better teams

4. A design sprint to put solutions to the test

Authored by Lillie Rosen, Innovation Coordinator

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The Airbel Impact Lab designs, tests, and scales life-changing solutions for people affected by conflict and disaster. Our aim is to find the most impactful and cost-effective products, services, and delivery systems possible.

The Airbel Impact Lab Staff

Written by

The research & innovation arm of the International Rescue Committee. We design, test, scale life-changing solutions for people affected by conflict & disaster.

The Airbel Impact Lab

The Airbel Impact Lab designs, tests, and scales life-changing solutions for people affected by conflict and disaster. Our aim is to find the most impactful and cost-effective products, services, and delivery systems possible.

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