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As we enter the Ideation Phase, I think we should remember the power in the single story.  Our perceptions and our understanding of a people, a community, and a culture are going to impact how we interact together.  It is important for us to remember

As we enter the Ideation Phase, I think we should remember the power in the single story. Our perceptions and our understanding of a people, a community, and a culture are going to impact how we interact together. It is important for us to remember

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What do we want our children's first experiences in school to be? What does a good education look like for 4-year-olds? How are educational standers and expectations impacting early child education?

What do we want our children's first experiences in school to be? What does a good education look like for 4-year-olds? How are educational standers and expectations impacting early child education?

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The five Davidson College Design Fellows participated in a workshop to share personal narratives about our first five years of life. Before the workshop, we interviewed our primary caregiver(s). During the workshop each person visually represented ke

The five Davidson College Design Fellows participated in a workshop to share personal narratives about our first five years of life. Before the workshop, we interviewed our primary caregiver(s). During the workshop each person visually represented ke

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Pop-up carnivals are located in the community - for the community! These festivals may be located in neighborhoods, parks, empty lots, or church areas. Parents will be encouraged to actively participate in the planning of the event, while community r

Pop-up carnivals are located in the community - for the community! These festivals may be located in neighborhoods, parks, empty lots, or church areas. Parents will be encouraged to actively participate in the planning of the event, while community r

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Many books are in the traditional print format. Others have pop-ups or stickers.

What if we took advantage of book's volume and replaced pictures with 3D printed objects!

Many books are in the traditional print format. Others have pop-ups or stickers. What if we took advantage of book's volume and replaced pictures with 3D printed objects!

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The Davidson College Human-Centered Design Fellows plan to prototype our ideas in the Charlotte, NC community, for this specific community. The How Might We question I tried to tackle was:
"HMW make it easier for parents to access resources?"
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The Davidson College Human-Centered Design Fellows plan to prototype our ideas in the Charlotte, NC community, for this specific community. The How Might We question I tried to tackle was: "HMW make it easier for parents to access resources?" My id

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We all know that word of mouth is the oldest, lowest-tech and most effective way of spreading information. So how do we inspire people to share their knowledge about existing resources?

We all know that word of mouth is the oldest, lowest-tech and most effective way of spreading information. So how do we inspire people to share their knowledge about existing resources?

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Andrew commented on [Global Conversations] Competing Demands on Time

Rashmi,
Your story really resonates with me because I was discussing a similar issue with my team, the Davidson Design Fellows, a few days ago. We are focusing our research efforts in the urban area of Charlotte, NC, and we have noticed that many parents suffer from time poverty- there just isn't enough time in the day to get everything done. No matter where we are, there is never enough time to accomplish everything that must be done.
Our discussion led us down a different path of thinking when formulating potential pathway for our research and solutions to follow. We discussed how our ideas should aim at making it easy for parents to commit the time required to help their children while not compromising other time consuming aspects of their lives.
Time poverty is certainly an issue; it is very apparent in America, and, from your story, I can tell it must affect many people around the world. Thank you for sharing this with us, and I hope that together, we are able to help give your child and every other child the opportunities to excel.

Best,

Andrew
Davidson College, Class of 2018

I think this question address a question that the Davidson Design Fellows have been talking about a lot, which is, "what does it mean to thrive," because our definition of "thriving" is different from what different communities may see as thriving. It is important that we as innovators realize that parents and the children in these communities have their own expectations and dreams, and that it is our job to help them achieve success in their own lives, rather than what we expect them to do.
I think Jason was talking about something similar to your post, if you want to check it out!
https://openideo.com/challenge/zero-to-five/research/grandma-vs-the-doctor-traditional-and-new-knowledge-in-conflict

This problem is so relevant when we are trying to come up with solutions to our problem. Assimilating ideas into a culture is very challenging, and I think design thinking is the best way to combine our innovation with the cultural backdrop we are working in. It is important to remember where we are working, and to appreciate the community we are trying to help!