How Might We…?

25 November 2020

How might we tackle youth unemployment, or create safe public transport for women who are experiencing Gender Based Violence, or How might we lead young people away from Gansterism and Drugs? These were some of the tough or “wicked” problems Cape Town students were trying to solve in their design thinking teams over the last 3 weeks at Life Choices Coding Academy under the facilitated guidance of Belle and Company.

Week 1: INSPIRATION PHASE

Learners had to dive deep into their problem statement, interviewing the public about their experience of the topic and deepening their understanding of the root causes using a Problem Tree.

Week 2: IDEATION PHASE

Returning with new found insights, and converging on one part of the problem, groups had to ideate 50 ideas using techniques learnt in the session. Post-it notes abounded, and groups defending their ideas until only 1 solution was chosen per group.

Week 3: IMPLEMENTATION

After a week of thinking and refining their solution, the day came to manifest their idea in a prototype – actually making a product or service! Many prototyping techniques were explored from wire frames, paper prototypes, story boarding, adverts to news of the future!

SHOW TIME

5 Groups presented their ideas to a live audience consisting of their peers and Lifechoices staff members. Audience members commented on the groups innovations and encouraged groups to actually implement these ideas out in the real world. Recapping the last few weeks, learners were surprised how creative they could be, and also commented on the intensity of the process that required them to do a lot of critical thinking before getting hands on and creating something out of nothing. Ultimately the key lesson learnt was around innovation, creativity, mindset change and team work.

Some images from Prototyping Presentations:

Upscale Sudan (Social Enterprise Incubation)

Belisa Rodrigues (as an Associate Tutor for the Social Enterprise Academy), has been co-designing and facilitating the Upscale Sudan incubation programme over the last 6 months, where 80 Sudanese social enterprises have an opportunity to undertake monthly modules building out their business knowledge and practice.

The modules we have delivered online include, among others: Module 3: Self-leadership; Module 4: SME Strategy; Module 5: Customer & Product Development; Module 6: Building & Developing Teams.

Here are some sample images of online activities and assignments over the past few months:

Supported by the British Council Sudan, the Upscale Sudan Programme is an acceleration programme seeking to support social enterprises through group trainings and mentorship approaches. The primary objective of the programme is to facilitate the transfer of business skills and knowledge to the early stage businesses as well as increase sustainability and growth chances of those businesses.