Co-creation in humanitarian innovation
Friday, October 11th 3:00pm – 5:30pm
• Amy Smith, Founding Director, MIT D-Lab and Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, MIT
• Martha Thompson: Humanitarian Innovation Specialist and Instructor, MIT D-Lab
• Kendra Leith: Associate Director for Research, MIT D-Lab
• Megha Hegde: Research Associate, MIT D-Lab
Megha’s work focuses on user research and user centered design. She creates and implements field studies such as needs assessments, market assessments, technology evaluations, technology adoption, and behavior change interventions in developing countries. Originally from India, Megha has conducted field studies in North and East Africa and South Asia.
- To introduce MIT D-Lab’s Co-Creation Toolkit for Humanitarian Innovation and share our approach for preparing students for effective co-creation in humanitarian situations.
- To share tools and activities that enhance participation of marginalized populations in co-creation, emphasizing the interplay between “soft” skills and “hard” skills in the collaborative problem-solving process.
• Knowledge on approaches to inclusive innovation.
• Skills and tools to:
– Recognize and address biases and power imbalances among stakeholders,
– Foster mindsets that can enhance innovation in humanitarian settings.
- Gain insights into factors that enhance or impede co-creation in humanitarian settings.
- Recognize the importance of identifying and addressing bias, creating enabling mindsets, and mitigating power dynamics in the co-creation process.
- Experience some activities that can help promote successful co-creation.