Putting design thinking to work in the crisis
The Covid-19 crisis has stunned many of us, affecting the health and lives of many, disrupting our daily life and the way we work.
While It has brought a huge challenge to governments, health services and business leaders who are working around the clock to fight the crisis, many of us would also like to do more to help but don’t really know how to.
As a consultancy focused on scaling impact innovation through great UX, we felt we might humbly be able to put our design thinking skills to work in the crisis and bring together our network of purpose driven friends, designers and entrepreneurs to help.
That’s how the crazy idea of an online Design Thinking / Innovation challenge emerged, to bring solutions to some of the problems of the current COVID 19 crisis.
How it works
We’ll be tapping into the toolbox of innovation and design thinking to understand the problems, people’s needs, explore what works/doesn’t, define the most important issues to tackle, brainstorm on ideas and prototype the best ones.
We facilitate a series of video calls and online interactions spread across a week in early April.
Ideas and prototypes will be handed over to organisations or teams who need them and potentially open sourced for development.
Our first set of challenge took about 8 hours across 4 afternoon sessions of approx 2 hours during one week.
We have run 4 challenges so far in April and May 2020. We will run more voluntary challenges in the future and are also offering this service to businesses.
Find out more about our business design thinking workshop offer.
Which challenges are we focussing on?
This is a list of topics have looked into but we are also open to other areas.
- How might we help government and organisations to communicate in a consistent and clear way?
- How might we help people to stay mentally and physically healthy during the crisis?
- How might we help most vulnerable people during crises?
- How might we help businesses to find alternative ways to provide services?
- How might we empower citizens and the private sector to take part in rebuilding a more resilient economy?
Who can participate?
We're aiming to provide a framework to connect people with problems to solve.
We need volunteers with the following profiles:
-Representatives from organisations – government, NHS, business, charity, local authorities…- with a COVID related challenge to solve
-Facilitators with experience in leading design thinking workshops
-Designers and creatives
-Developers to build services
-Subject matter experts in the challenge topics
-Business people and entrepreneurs
-Members of the public wanting to help with insight, good ideas and vibes!
Solutions produced during our first sprints
My local shops
How might we transform small businesses in a way that will also work after the crisis?
An online marketplace where the community can support and buy from their local businesses.
The solution is built on a mutualised infrastructure - eshop, delivery and can be crowdfunded by the community.
The frontline safe space
How might we providing better emotional support to healthcare frontline staff more frequently so they can provide better care to their patients?
Promoting emotional wellbeing by providing a space and framework for staff to unwind and openly discuss emotional issues
The community line
How might we create a safe space to bring social intimacy to isolated elderly people?
The community line, a grass-root one-to-one communication network powered by
volunteers providing remote social interaction with people who feel isolated in their own community/neighborhood.
The Covid Diaries
How might we empower less engaged citizens to reflect and express their vision for a post COVID society that works for them?
A collection of weekly residents’ insights shared through a secure social platform that is co-managed by a local community organisation and the council.
REGISTER TO JOIN our next challenge!
We do not have a new challenge scheduled yet, so if you are interested, register your interest, suggest a topic and will get back to you asap!
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Terms and Conditions
All participants and facilitators of the C Collective Design Thinking challenge are Volunteers.
All contributions to the C Collective COVID-19 Challenge are voluntary, free and non-confidential. You grant to the C Collective and to other participants an unrestricted, perpetual, irrevocable, sub-licensable, non-exclusive fully-paid up and royalty-free worldwide license to use any ideas, expression of ideas, contributions or other materials you submit during the challenge and without restrictions of any kind and without any payment or other consideration of any kind, or permission or notification, to you or any third party.
The license shall include, without limitation, the irrevocable right to reproduce, prepare derivative works, combine with other solutions, alter, translate, distribute copies, display, perform, license the Contribution or parts thereof, and all rights therein, in the name of the C Collective, throughout the universe in perpetuity in any and all media now or hereafter known.
In the event of one of the solutions produced through the challenge receiving interest and potential funding for further design and development, the C Collective and the group members who created the idea may decide to further work on the solution and agree to be paid to do so.