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In preparation for the Ideas phase, the Amplify Team recently came together for a day-long Synthesis Workshop. Our goal was to reflect on the patterns and themes surfaced by the community during Research and gather insights around the collective contributions so far. Hundreds of Post-its later, the team took everything we learned from the Research phase and identified six Opportunity Areas and Design Principles to help guide you into the Ideas phase:

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At OpenIDEO we believe that including local communities in our conversation is a key step in the challenge process. For our Women’s Safety Challenge, women and girls living in low-income urban areas can provide unique insights and ideas about how to make cities safer. With that in mind, the Amplify Team has been in South Asia for the last two weeks, meeting with organisations, community members and other stakeholders and trying to answer this question: How might we extend our collaborative innovation process to developing world communities not currently participating in the Women’s Safety Challenge?

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As part of the newly-launched Women's Safety Challenge, a team of designers from and OpenIDEO are currently traveling in Delhi, India and Kathmandu, Nepal. The goal of their two-week trip is to meet with local community members, gather real-world insights through interviews and various design exercises and connect with organisations currently working to support the safety and empowerment of women and girls.

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Here is a good problem to have: OpenIDEO collaborators have been so active in the week or so since the Women's Safety Challenge launched that one blog post can't possibly capture all the share-worthy research I've come across so far. For this update, I chose to focus on interviews, highlighting a few examples from the community and offering tips to get you started on your own.

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