IDEO.org Fellows Bring Beautiful Design to Humanitarian Efforts

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IDEO.org Fellows Bring Beautiful Design to Humanitarian Efforts

by Courtney Martin

November 8, 2011

The process of creating the box required some trial and error, creating a valuable learning experience for the fellows. After the IDEO.org duo posted an initial idea about using a car battery to power the entire system, global organizers from the TEDx Google group quickly educated them about how difficult it would be to source a battery in many parts of the world. In a blog post about the project, Shiori-Clark, wrote, “Eventually we settled on a higher tech lithium battery that could be included within the kit, making the system completely self-contained. The battery exploration was a long one, but in the end, it was our commitment to be transparent with our ideas and to solicit feedback from end-users that proved the most fruitful.”

All fellows, as well as IDEO.org’s leadership, are blogging about their process—giving other social sector leaders a chance to learn from their successes, failures, and unusual approaches to eradicating poverty. What’s more, their human-centered design kit is open-source, available to anyone who wants to download it and apply it to their own projects.

 “In the long run, we hope the fellowship program will inspire the continued sharing and spread of human-centered design,” Martin says. We’re hoping the experiences gained and skills learned will help create the framework for a new cadre of leaders who will create new solutions to the challenges of poverty.”

Photo courtesy of IDEO.org

 

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