I recently met with @anna_idrops to explore alignment and potential partnership between !Drops and Edgeryders. In short, they are a Belgian-based, globally-active social innovation agency who collaborate on designing concrete solutions to societal challenges. With an impressive cross-section of programmes, projects and resources, they work across care, sustainability, new learning (and future economies), superdiversity, global development and community building.
They employ design thinking, such as human-centred design and appreciative inquiry to come up with concrete results and outputs ranging from interventions, toolkits, business models, policy suggestions, products and others… I highly encourage you to explore their projects here and no doubt @anna_idrops can respond to and connect any of your interests with their work.
There are a few potential areas of collaboration that could be interesting, and I’ll be meeting with Anna and Nathalie again this week, as well as their colleague Hendrikje the week after next to dive further into tangible partnership pathways. For now I’d like to explore two specific possibilities:
I’m particularly interested in leveraging !Drops experience in creative and design labs to prototype ideas and create blueprints to make projects sustainable. These “Energy labs" engage specific target groups and their innovation trajectories to develop new products and services with tangible results. They share our principles of open knowledge and goal of fostering self-sustaining projects and have done these across diverse contexts including recently with young social innovators in Malawi and artisans in Colombia. I’ll be further exploring this with their project lead on global development Hendrikje in a couple of week’s time. In the meantime, @anna_idrops - is there anywhere we can access an example programme for one of these labs to reference?
Summer School with University of Antwerp 2 - 6 July 2018. This has short lead-time (applications close 15/05) but could be an appropriate start. !Drops with their partners at the University of Antwerp and the Service Design Network are hosting a five-day summer school program on product, service and system design in health care, accompanied by a coaching trajectory. With 25 participants from all over the world, the ultimate goal is to give participants concrete tools through explorations in: Digital storytelling and new media in the medical context/ Human Centered Design and caregiving/ Creative industries and care/ Thematic sessions on psychiatry, neighbourhood care and migration and care/ Personal wellbeing in work and daily life. @anna_idrops and I had talked about the possibility of opening up a scholarship place to one of our OpenVillage MENA network (registration is EUR250 for students/ EUR450 for professionals + travel costs). Obviously with such short lead time we’re constrained but I think something like scholarship = 1 x place fees waived by !Drops + travel costs incorporated into an existing opportunity by Edgeryders could potentially work. What do you think @nadia and @anna_idrops?
They are also interested in the possibility of a presentation on OPENCARE as a case study on day four (5 July). I thought this could be interesting and enjoyable for you @noemi - might you be around and keen?
Curious to hear any other thoughts - @matteo_uguzzoni you may find their work with refugees of interest for example - and will continue to share here as the conversations continue.