On the fourth day of the Global Citizenship Conference, it was time for participants to gather their thoughts, put the ideas and deliberations from the previous day to good use and come up with solutions to the real-life obstacles in the communities they were working with. The conference participants re-grouped and some of the groups, like the teams from Educare and The Ahote Sanitation Project (TASaP), went to meet the Berekuso community once again to get reviews of their prototypes. A good thing to do, because Educare came back with feedback on how the proposed learning evaluation framework can be redesigned to fit the local school system even better. In the meantime, the other groups were working on finishing off their work and get ready to present the solutions they have designed together with their project leaders.
For the Ahote Sanitation Project Team, day 2 started with building upon insights gained during the interviews on day 1: What if we were to organize a recycling fair together with and for the Berekuso community? Alhassan and Abdulrahim from RecycleUp! Ghana shared about insights from their work in local communities around Ghana and enlightened the group with their approach to community engagement: Community engagement for them is democracy. That means developing solutions for people, with the people and by the people. This and many other inspiring thought still stick with us and we were grateful to having their experience on board throughout the past two days.
Isable Jaki, a Junior Fellow from Germany who worked on the Ahote team says,
“Thanks to a design thinking input we were able to start directly to create the prototypes for our fair. We prepared an info graphic poster about the consequences of trash and sanitation issues and an advertisement poster for the fair itself including the different activities we would like to offer. Further, we used an already existing bag made out of plastic water sachets as a prototype of an up-cycling product which could be the result of a workshop on the fair. With these prototypes we went again to the community with the idea to check whether the fair and our planned activities would be attractive for the citizens.”
Similarly for the Sesa Mu project team, Destiny Lee, Junior Fellow from New Orleans, shared,
“Sesa Mu is a newly developed local food start-up that produces dried pineapples in Berekuso. The Melton Foundation held design thinking workshops where Melton Fellows worked alongside this social enterprise to produce a prototype that would service the business and the community alike. We worked together to enhance consumer base and expand capacity building for optimal economic growth. And I think we were able to come up with interesting prototypes and design ideas to widen the consumer base.”
Just like Ahote, Sesa Mu and Educare, the other teams dedicated this day to connect the dots and develop and improve prototype solutions to the respective challenge they’ve been working on. Here are a few snapshots of the solutions and prototypes our teams developed:
The day came to an end with a presentation of the solutions that each team had come up with and discussed ways to continue to work between Melton Foundation and local project partners. To round off the conversation, we revisited possibilities and challenges of real-life implementations of the design thinking process. The past two days have been quite a ride, thanks also to our partners at HPI School of Design Thinking, who facilitated the process.
Gearing up for the next day, a field trip to the Cape Coast Castle, the participants departed after a long day of work and play. Continue the story here!