We ran a 6-week Design Sprint for the barangays and here’s everything that we’ve learned

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To learn more about what and why we ran a 6-week design sprint for our partner communities, see Part 1 of the blog. Our internal question mark goes like this: how might we design a process that allows affected communities harness their own experience and knowledge and turn it into scalable solutions towards disaster preparedness? Our solution: a design sprint! But wait, the idea didn’t just fall on our laps. Yes, design sprints are usually done by forward-thinking startups, tech firms, big banks, government, and everything in between. And after a learning visit to the Jordan Innovation Lab, we went…

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Capturing Innovations Through a 16 MP Lens

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This reflection piece is written by Rya Celine Ducusin, Communications and Knowledge Management Officer of TUKLAS Central and Southern Luzon Lab.   I found TUKLAS halfway through its implementation. I had a lot of proposals, guidance documents, briefers, and manuals to go through, given how complex the project is. But one thing was clear: my task was to capture stories, photos, and videos of the innovation teams throughout their implementation stage. After several project orientations and staff introductions, I had the courage to ask: Do we have a DSLR? It was a shock for me to find out that our…

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Innovations Supporting Innovations: How TUKLAS Did It

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More than a budding environment for creative ideas and innovative efforts, TUKLAS Innovation Labs wanted to create a space for collaborative learning amongst its innovators. Forging learning spaces can be quite a challenge, given the diversity of innovation teams the Central and Southern Luzon (CSL) Lab has faced. The lab has been able to gather artists, professors, students, researchers, humanitarian and development workers, the youth, as well as persons with disabilities to help create a culture of innovative mindsets unique to CSL Lab As innovation entails a multidisciplinary approach, one that would require different sets of ideas and perspectives, both…

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“Agile” Small Grants Management: Financing Community-Based Innovations

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From April to December 2018, the TUKLAS Innovation Labs supported five youth organizations, two indigenous peoples groups, 17 local non-government organizations, three academe, five startups, and eight new individual unaffiliated groups  with a seed funding of up to PhP 1 million to test and refine their innovative ideas in collaboration with their partner communities. Most of these groups are not familiar with the usual NGO granting modalities with several of them being individual innovators with no formal legal registration or People’s Organisations. As such, the TUKLAS Innovation Labs then streamlined or reduced the administrative- and other compliance-related burdens to make…

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Community Design Sprint and the Search for “TagaTUKLAS”

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As one of the Disaster and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) Innovation Labs, the TUKLAS Innovation Labs is “set up to identify and grow areas of innovation that come directly from communities affected by crises.” The TUKLAS Innovation Labs believes that affected communities are better placed to understand their disaster realities and to find relevant, effective, and sustainable solutions towards preparedness. For TUKLAS, the work is really on identifying local practices that are worth exploring and scaling under an innovation lab approach. On a macro level, the TUKLAS Innovation Labs also aims to contribute to the ongoing discourse on humanitarian innovations,…

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Innovating in and through adversity: Lessons learned from Ompong and Rosita

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This reflection piece is written by Kei Valmoria, Project Manager of the TUKLAS Northern Luzon Lab. From project inception, TUKLAS Northern Luzon has always been of one mind that the community is the heart and soul of the project. Ideally, the selected innovators themselves were community members and not academics or middle- class urban-based intellectuals without any experience in grassroots community immersion. Indeed, majority of Northern Luzon innovators were either community-based organizations (CBOs) or small local NGOs with experience in development programs and community organizing. TUKLAS timeline noted that much of the prototyping and testing activities happen from June to…

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“Agile” Small Grants Management: Financing Community-Based Innovations

By | Blog, Food for thought

From April to December 2018, the TUKLAS Innovation Labs supported five youth organizations, two indigenous peoples groups, 17 local non-government organizations, three academe, five startups, and eight new individual unaffiliated groups  with a seed funding of up to PhP 1 million to test and refine their innovative ideas in collaboration with their partner communities. Most of these groups are not familiar with the usual NGO granting modalities with several of them being individual innovators with no formal legal registration or People’s Organisations. As such, the TUKLAS Innovation Labs then streamlined or reduced the administrative- and other compliance-related burdens to make…

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Safeguarding in Humanitarian Innovations

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The Philippines is considered as one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Annually, the country receives a total of 22 cyclones. There have been conflicts in the Mindanao as well which caused displacements of communities. Historically, the country is then considered as highly exposed to a range of disasters, be it tropical cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, and conflicts (UN OCHA, 2017). Thus, the existence of the TUKLAS Innovation Labs. This project aims to identify innovative solutions that come from the affected communities towards disaster preparedness; and support these ideas to scale via an innovation lab approach. We are set…

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A community’s grief and anxiety through children’s eyes

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This story was written by Luchie Maranan of Dap-ayan ti Kultura iti Kordilyera (DKK). The original post can be viewed on Nordis.Net.   BAGUIO CITY — The usual road to Loacan from Ucab, Itogon is now missing in maps and photos, defaced from the wrath of the September 15 heavy downpour that saturated the soil and followed the law of gravity. The new route is via Sabkil, offering us distant views of Ucab and Loacan whose mountains bear scars from the recent onslaught, and unseen reminders of a century of mining. After a 45-minute ride through Ambuklao Road, past landslides that were…

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Can communities innovate in disaster situations?

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This is a reflection piece on Typhoon Mangkhut written by Paul Arada, MEAL Specialist of TUKLAS Innovation Labs. I remember the day I was assigned as staff №5 in an international humanitarian organization’s Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) rehabilitation response in Eastern Visayas back in 2013. It was July- nine months after the landfall. The community facilitators led me to desks covered with papers. When stacked together, the pile might as well be as tall as a toddler. A few weeks later, our Monitoring and Evaluation Unit introduced Poimapper, an Android-based data collection tool. It is similar to other…

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