HCD Train-the-trainer for BASA

Parktown, Johannesburg: July 2018

On the 5th July, Belle and co. conducted a 1-day Human-Centred Design (HCD) “Train-the-trainer” workshop for Business Arts South Africa (BASA) staff, many of whom will be expected to roll out BASA educational programmes across South Africa using the recently introduced innovation methodology of human-centred design and design thinking tools.

Belisa Rodrigues, Director of Belle and Co. received Human-Centred Design training from Dartmouth College, USA in 2016; was a coach on the HCD Academic Programme for Entrepreneurs Bootcamp with 60 students at Strascheg Centrer for Entrepreneurship/Munich University in 2018; and attended the D-School design-thinking workshop at University of Cape Town. She has facilitated various workshops including an international HCD workshop based on ideo.org in Macedonia with 25 students from 9 countries.

The train-the-trainer programme was specifically designed to stimulate critical thinking behind this popular methodology; to begin to develop a sense of its origins; its applicability to the creative and cultural industries; as well as to design and share home-grown games and tools for use in the South African context.

Through-out the workshop, the participants shared their facilitation experience, tested ideas with the group, asked questions relating to difficult training senarios and shared tips, tools and tricks along the way.

The workshop ended with a design challenge: “How might we design an afrocentric version of the quintessential Marshmallow Design Challenge?” So we immersed ourselves in the marshmallow game first, analysed its pros and cons and then as a group rapidly prototyped our own homegrown design challenge game called “build your band”. In 20 mins the team, using the prototype materials provided, built musical instruments, designed costumes, and created their own songs. This collaborative game was judged on a few dimensions including team cohesion, afrocentricity and overall quality of performance.

BASA Participants had this to say about the experience:

“Lovely. What a wonderful and informative day. Thank you Belisa and team. Looking forward to building on the knowledge gained today.”

“It was truly exciting to create, think and rediscover together. Thank you colleagues. Thank you from organizing this necessary workshop for us. Thanks Belisa for giving us a great taste of our own medicine.”