Send designers and makers: Designers Without Boarders
A key theme from this weekends #FightingEbola challenge in Washington DC was the power of bringing design, maker and subject matter expert talent together in real time. Designers are good at reframing problems and makers are good at building prototypes. Could they be deployed to help create process and object solutions in real time?
Some of these groups already exist:
Designers without Boarders
Design without Boarders
Other's might be willing to voulenteer expertese.
The idea is to engage designers closer to the point of need. Worth noting, this can still be at a safe distance. But the key is to get people with design expertese closer to the research and empathy phases. Let them reframe problems.
this weekend, we focused largely on improving the PPE. One group asked instead: how might we make the time spent in the PPE more effective. That group identified 10+ areas of futher study and brainstomring from medication delivery to administrative support.
Critical to the process was the ability to quickly run ideas and paper prototypes past subject matter experts. "Hey doc, would this help you do more in the time you have in the suite?..."
Closing the gap —in terms of distance and time —between design and the work seems to be very powerful.