Prisma and Design Thinking — Chasing the Challenge

On Tuesday April 4th, we first held a design thinking workshop to get everyone on the same page of this great methodology.

Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.” — Tim Brown, president and CEO, IDEO.

Prisma are really enthusiastic about using this methodology and even invited more of their staff to participate.

Design Thinking Training — Express Style

Once we felt everyone had understood the methodology and the reasoning behind it, we used the Current-Future-Barriers method to get a real handle on the issues hindering people with disabilities from gaining employment, self-esteem, and social integration.

The team hard at work

Everyone agreed it helped focus on those challenges that we can actually do something about, and we also identified the stakeholders that we really need to talk to.

Next step is to carry out interviews with people with disabilities and their families, CONADIS (National Council for Persons with Disabilities at the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations), OMAPED (offices in municipalities where people with disabilities can register and look for information on institutions offering services for them), Help Them Hope (organization that supports people with disabilities throughout Peru through educational scholarships), a lawyer, employers, and schools.

It’s going to be a busy and fulfilling next few days :)

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