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Program Readiness for a Resilient Urban Slum Upgrade

Develop readiness for Urban Slum Upgrading Program by community engagement and transformational workshop for resilience to change

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PROBLEMS 1) A vicious cycle of helplessness within urban slums resulting in a poverty (victim) mindset. 2) Dire and unstable slum physical environments causing acute and chronic stress, entrenching further the vicious cycle of overwhelming helplessness PROPOSED IDEAS PHASE I - COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT: Conduct community engagement workshops by partnering with Emerging Leaders, a nonprofit that has delivered transformational community workshop for 10 years with successful outcomes in leadership sustainability and resilience to change for the individual and community. PHASE II - RESILIENT URBAN SLUM UPGRADE: To tackle KEY RESILIENCY AREAS - Poverty, Urban Development and Climate Change, collaborate with local and international partners to develop and implement a Slum Upgrading PROGRAM, supported by SYSTEMS THINKING, SUSTAINABILITY DESIGN PRINCIPLES, BIOMIMICRY & low cost NEW TECHNOLOGIES with RECYCLE & ZERO WASTE goals. This program will cover the 4 Urban Slum Challenges: Community, Communication, Small Scale Infrastructure, and Water Supply. See INNOVATIVE IDEAS in videos and pdf for each. The program will be supported and advised by local and international partners with expertise and experience on successful and resilient slum upgrading techniques, methodologies and tools that have worked in other urban slums all over the world. The urban slum community will then tailor and customise these ideas to be workable for their own community and to their desired goals.


Beneficiaries: Vulnerable urban slum dwellers in cities Benefits: Short term: Instill a sense of pride, empowerment and resiliency among individuals and its community, supported by a resilient, clean, and safe slum physical environment. Medium term: Empower future generations of urban slum dwellers’ to achieve financial freedom and afford permanent housing. Long term: Total eradication of urban slums. Locations: Jakarta + Indonesia, expanding to IDEO’s 42 priority countries.


SLUM RESILIENCY needs to take into account: POVERTY, URBAN DEVELOPMENT and CLIMATE CHANGE. We aim to work with local and international partners (nonprofits, NGOs, government authorities, etc), and urban slum dwellers so that considerations of existing efforts would be part of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 process. Collective collaboration allows to support the slum communities to design and develop their slum upgrading initiatives in a holistic manner, merging existing with new to tackle climate change. Design Principles The focus is on community engagement and empowering communities and their leaders to design, develop and pilot their own slum upgrading initiative in collaboration with our partners, who already use successful design approaches similar to IDEO's 6 design principles. Every urban slum community will have its own unique set of complexities. In collaborating with the community, we will be able to support them to develop solutions with these design principles in mind. Consequently, the aim is to submit all 4 ideas under this one Community idea for Ideo’s Urban Slum Challenge. When designing and developing for Urban Slum Upgrading, as part of the process, innovative and creative ideas would emerge covering the 4 Urban Slum Challenge areas, by the urban slum people for the urban slum people. By looking at the whole community system as an interactive and interdynamic entity, we reinforce community resilience at all levels for urban slum dwellers facing daily and global climate change challenges (ie. Columbia’s Medellin successful Urban Slum Upgrade).


  • Yes, for two or more years


  • I do not have experience working in a sector related to my idea


  • Yes


We are professionals with a solid corporate and entrepreneurial background, with a strong passion to impact the world in a positive way in anyway we can. There is a deep calling to be involved in this urban slum challenge as it speaks to our life purpose.

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PROGRAM Resilient Urban Slum Upgrade - Phase 1&2 and Proposed Partners.docx

This is a supporting document to this Challenge which aims to encompass all 4 Urban Slum Challenges (Community, Communication, Infrastructure and Water). It details the Phase 1 & 2 activities proposed for Resilient Urban Slum Upgrading Program, informed by INNOVATIVE IDEAS and collaboration with urban slum EXPERT PARTNERS (local and international organisations, government partners, as well as urban slum communities in Jakarta, Indonesia).

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Photo of John John

Hello Ian & Mila,
I stumbled upon this project while doing research for a similar topic. I would love to learn more about this project. Hopefully you will find this comment.

Photo of Nelson Enojo

Hello Ian & Mila,
Thanks for sharing Urban Slum Upgrade Guide.  Our government, thru the office of the Climate Change Commission tenders call for project proposals.  The guide is very helpful in formulating application (People's Survival Fund).  
Thank you again Ian & Mila. Happy Wednesday to us all.

Photo of Nelson Enojo

Hello Ian & Mila,
This is very important! Thanks for sharing guide. It helped us create an overview and able to break our concept plans into bite-sized pieces that can easily be tested. We've uploaded recently OpenIdeo-User Experience Map at our concept entry challenge 'Turning Garbage Into Trees' link at Again, thank you so much for sharing pdf guide, the videos are all very inspiring too! Thanks once again and happy Monday!

Photo of Mary Tyszkiewicz

@HeroicImprov would love to collaborate with this project. I would like to keep my Filipino partner - Gabe Mercado involved. We can use improv games to get dwellers to practice small group abilities (16 or fewer) needed to solve problems in an instant, which are key for accidents, disasters and other emergencies.

Photo of Chad Balauro

This is a good idea peoples participation of every sectors in the community if the government initiated the planning and collaboration. bottom up. The sector of slum dwellers should represent their own in the government but this will be a hard battle. The best possible solution is to give them tools to make it possible. a workshop or shared facility to learn and build.