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Prototyping Back at Stanford

We spent our fall quarter out in the field testing prototypes for the Governance Collaboratory in Kenya, South Africa, and Jamaica.  These prototypes allowed us to test the value of design thinking for a range of governance challenges with a diverse set of local actors — technologists, civil society leaders, designers, and government officials.  We…
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Prototyping Back at Stanford

Key Learnings from Cape Town

We just returned from three days in Cape Town testing prototypes for the Collaboratory with mySociety and the Open Democracy Advice Center (we posted a summary of the experience here).  Below are some of the big learnings we’re taking away as we continue designing the Governance Collaboratory this year: There is a different level of…
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Key Learnings from Cape Town

Testing the Governance Collaboratory in South Africa

We headed from Nairobi straight to Cape Town, South Africa for a second week of testing models for the Governance Collaboratory.  Our prototype in Cape Town was intended to test an incubator model: working with a pre-existing team that has an idea they are poised to execute.  We partnered with mySociety, a UK-based non-profit that…
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Testing the Governance Collaboratory in South Africa

Interviewing the Urban Poor of Nairobi’s slums

Last week we ran our first prototype design challenge in Nairobi, in collaboration with various local civil society activists and the iHub.  Our objective was to test applying design thinking to a governance problem in the field.  We composed a design team from heterogeneous individuals and selected problems outside the day to day focus of…
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Interviewing the Urban Poor of Nairobi’s slums

Five Governance Collab Prototypes

After delineating the variables to explore in our prototypes, Jeremy and I combined them in different ways to come up with five possible models for the Governance Collaboratory: The Consultancy: outsiders team with a client to address a broadly defined problem.  A consultancy model for the Collab could take two forms: a governance innovator embedded…
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Five Governance Collab Prototypes