TUKLAS Innovation Labs aims to contribute to the ongoing discourse on humanitarian innovations, on doing development differently through exploring innovation programming. What does innovating with, by, and for the community look like? How do we scale humanitarian innovations? What are the elements of lab support which could lead to scalable solutions? Is it more effective to support ideas or support people to be innovators? The TUKLAS Innovation Labs hopes to weigh in. This is seen as an exciting opportunity to both impact disaster-prone communities and identify new models of innovation in the humanitarian and development sector. As the human-centered design and design sprint enthusiasts may be familiar with, the TUKLAS Innovation Labs has been running a design challenge ever since we started:
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?
Inspired by the learning visit with Mahali Lab last June 2018 and the realizations of the team came the birth of TUKLAS Community Design Sprint. It aims to identify and support people from the community to come up with concept to user-tested prototypes within weeks, all while learning to make decisions based on actual data, using accelerated cycles for developing ideas, and connecting with the community and iterating based on feedback. As the name implies, it gives emphasis on being agile, on being able to produce outputs on a short period of time while still upholding the TUKLAS core themes- community engagement, human-centered design, and disaster preparedness. Another unique element of the Design Sprint is timeboxing, which according to Banfield, Lombardo, and Wax (2016)(1), give the sprinters “a way to eliminate distractions, focus their full attention, and get tangible results in short time frames.”
This is the TUKLAS team’s another attempt to address the design challenge, our How Might We.