As members of the built environment community, we are in a unique position to make an impact on some of the key issues facing the humanitarian and international development sectors. Our trustees and members of our alumni have worked together to develop our Global Design Sprint Workshop ‘Engineers For Humanitarian Relief And International Development’. The focus of the workshop is bringing together humanitarian experts, academics, engineers and built environment experts to come up with solutions to global problems.
The University of Guelph, in Canada, recently ran the Global Design Sprint Workshop with students studying the ‘Disasters, Resilience and Development’ module as part of their ‘Development in Practice’ course. The students are from the Department of Political Science, demonstrating that the conversation around the humanitarian sectors and disaster risk reduction requires thought leadership from many different areas of expertise. The students identified that the content of the Sprint could be further developed to capture those who want to contribute but are not from an engineering background, giving us scope to grown the workshop further.
One of the students who took part in the workshop, commented, “I have an increased recognition of not only the number of possible avenues for the generation of solutions but also how challenges and barriers to effective humanitarian and international development work are equally as diverse.”
If you are interested in taking the first steps towards creating solutions for the challenges faced by the humanitarian and international development sectors, our workshops are a way to hone ideas and facilitate debate. Our Global Design Sprint Workshops pack is available for you to download to run with co-workers, fellow students or collaboratively with other industry experts.
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We ask only that upon completing the sprint, each of your teams share feedback, photos and findings with us using this template. We can feature your findings in our newsletter if you wish and this will enable us to develop our workshop further and collate all findings from different sprints into a summary paper. Please email any feedback and or queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.