Fellows Workshop

The agenda for the day was to help D:Lab fellows who had projects they were working on and needed help in thinking through their projects with the design thinking methodologies.

Where?: Mcnulty Foundation Design Lab
When?: Nov 11, 2015, 10:10am – 11:40am

This workshop afforded three Fellows to kick start or re-analyse their projects by applying design thinking frameworks with the help of other interested members fo the Ashesi community. See the projects below.

Title: Inculcating a saving culture among High School and Campus Students
By: Alex Waweru
Brief: Developing a saving culture is crucial in every rapidly growing economy. As noted in many case studies, Japan and Singapore to mention a few, an increased saving culture precedes a boom in the economy. My hope is that this will be the case for Ghana too.
In the same manner that a fine clay pot is molded while still wet, I intend to be a saving culture in young high school students, at the same time create a business model out of it. I aim to design a simple, easy and realistic approach to saving.

Title: The Crafters Incubator
By: Nepeti Nicarnor
Artisans in Africa have tremendous skill and know-how which are not fully exploited for self and national development. I believe Africa needs people who are makers in addition to thinkers because we have become so dependent on imports of value- added goods. This dependency exports our job opportunities elsewhere and leaves us trapped in low income, low-quality living, and low-value production cycle. I believe artisans (carpenters, tailors, welders, auto mechanics, etc.) are our Makers and have a great potential to turn their own lives and our economies around if they can be given holistic support. This support needs to include: capacity building in developing entrepreneurial and design thinking mindsets, links to technical expertise, as well as access to quality equipment & inputs, markets and efficient business systems and processes.
My goal is to develop an environment that offers this holistic support to artisans to grow this industry and raise its productivity and profitability levels and catapult it into the mainstream economy. I want to use design thinking tools to establish a profitable business model for doing this.

Title:The Kaya Childcare Center
By: Rose Dodd
I have always noticed the porters in the market, as I’m sure we all have. They work hard, running after moving vehicles; carrying heavy loads on their heads in the hot sun, and even sometimes having to physically fight for work. They’re in every major market in Accra, sometimes with babies as little as 4 weeks old strapped to their backs. Yes, we cannot save all the underage porters on the streets of Accra but what if we could provide a safer environment for their at-risk babies and infants. The Kaya Childcare Center, which I have chosen to name my venture, will aim at providing health and early childhood development care for babies and infants of these young porter mothers. The main aim is to get the babies away from the hectic daily ups and downs of their porter mothers and give them the chance to be healthy and well developed. Kaya Childcare will run as a non-profit dawn-to-late-evening childcare center that takes only babies and infants of homeless and underprivileged Kayayoo (female porters). The center will, therefore, take on some attributes of a home or orphanage as well as attributes of a daycare center. As such it will provide care only within set hours of the day and will not provide overnight care.

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