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What We’re Learning: Human Centered Design Course

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Here at the Scale x Design Accelerator, we are big believers in human centered design and design thinking. In fact, one of our core Labs (formerly called simply Human Centered Design and now re-born as Mindsets and Methods for Innovation) is centered around the subjects. However, you don’t have to be an Accelerator finalist to unlock these critical skills and mindsets! IDEO.org is…

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What’s the “poison pill” that prevents pilots from going to scale?

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What’s the “poison pill” that prevents pilots from going to scale? According to scaling expert Larry Cooley, it’s complexity. We’ve been thinking a lot about how to reduce complexity in order to achieve scale. In fact, “How do we reduce cost and complexity?” is key design question #4 that we explore in our Designing for Scale lab in the accelerator.…

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What We’re Learning: What do legos have to do with scaling solutions?

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In our Design for Scale lab, design question #3 asks us: “What’s our optimal fidelity for scale?” What is fidelity? Very simply, it’s the degree of exactness with which something is copied and reproduced. Why is it important? Well, in some fields it’s both easy and critical that that the fidelity of an intervention is high. For example, when you’re…

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What We’re Learning: What’s our Value Proposition?

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As we work through our Design for Scale lab, we’re tackling five key design questions – starting with question #1: What’s the value proposition of our innovation? Very simply, the value proposition of your innovation is the benefit your solution provides combined with why it’s better than anything else that exists! The tricky part about value proposition is that it’s…

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What we’re learning – How do we prototype what CARE does best?

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*Reposted with updated links* If you were able to watch our introduction video, you know that one of our hypotheses for why it takes the development sector a long time to scale is that we’re often using our project cycles to test new adaptations of our innovations.  When we launch a “pilot,” that can mean waiting for two-three years to…

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