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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Rehashed Bootcamps: Implementing Haraya Sessions 2018

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Based on the original thinking of how TUKLAS Innovation Labs would work, the top innovators with their disruptive ideas from across our four community labs would be invited to a three-day proposal development and pitching boot camp. There they would further develop their concepts, connect with other entrepreneurs, and fully develop their business development plans (BDPs). Participants would also practice their “pitching” and “defending” skills, and receive feedback from peers and guests from private sector and academic representatives. However, TUKLAS opted to modify that original plan. During the Call for Ideas from September to November 2017, the TUKLAS team conducted…

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Supporting Humanitarian Innovations in the Philippines

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Although innovations in the humanitarian sector are not entirely new (1), there seems to be a need for the sector to become more adaptive to new processes and technologies, and reflect learning from past mistakes. “Transformation through Innovation” was one of the four key themes discussed during the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit because “it has been increasingly recognized that humanitarian action must keep pace with a rapidly changing world in order to effectively meet the needs of people (UN OCHA).” It is important to note that the widely celebrated innovations (2) come from humanitarian organizations and the well-to-do private sector, and…

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