— Jfo (she/her) (@jenoftheforrest) July 31, 2020
It’s exciting to see Design Thinking work in navigating a path to social change.
A journey where listening has led to empathy and understanding, onto myriad solution ideas. We are finding our way to action.
Our global designathon for Growing Racial Equity in the Agile Community for Black Lives left us again hopeful. It has been a wonderful journey so far. We began with empathy – with empathy remaining at the heart of every interaction. This was shown through the sincere desire to build upon complex problems with inclusion.
Groups formed around the complex problem for which they had the most energy. Some topics did not continue and that was okay. In their groups, after refining the problem – people aimed to set aside their own desires and moved to being open to all solutions in the group. They invested time brainstorming possible solutions collaboratively, and together identified one to pursue further. Some went further and started prototyping their chosen solution.
We were both inspired and energised by the wealth of ideas, the thoughtfulness, the innovative thinking and the willingness to address the difficult topics that arose. The humility of the attendees, the openness to recognising the part that they themselves may play in limiting equity and the desire to take action and effect change was in itself humbling.
I started this weekend with the 3rd workshop in this series. I'm meeting wonderful people who are opening my eyes to things I should have known and didn't. Brainstorming great ideas together and having fun too! Thanks, @SoulCraftswoman, @AntonyMarcano, & all the volunteers! https://t.co/8jXmS1pgwN
— lisacrispin (@lisacrispin) August 2, 2020
— Sweta Mistry (@SwetaMistry121) August 1, 2020
We will continue the global designathon Friday, August 14th. Register to join us.
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