It’s Happening

It’s been months (yes literally!) since I wrote about the process of building Habi. I’ve been trying to be religious in documenting my thoughts and interactions in this initiative, but actual work does get in the way. Since my last posting, I have:

  1. Returned to the Philippines. It feels great to be back. There are only so much things I can do for Habi while still in NY, so getting my butt back here is actually the main reason why Habi has progressed really quickly. Since arriving, I’ve only been to the beach once. Weekends, weekdays, they don’t exist—they’re all just days now. Haha.
  2. Networked with, had coffee/lunch with, picked some brains of, exchanged emails with, and learned from a lot of individuals and organizations who are working in the same space. It’s exciting to meet all these change makers and creatives who are doing amazing work in technology, non-profits, entrepreneurship, research, art, performance, community building, design, and most especially education. I am thrilled to connect with them, and to open areas for collaboration with Habi. Hopefully we can mobilize this wonderful community and just get to know more people, maybe create a venue (digital/physical) to exchange ideas and explore opportunities to work together.
  3. Organized 8 workshops in 6 schools/organizations. They are our first partner institutions, the ones who are open to new ideas and who trusted Habi’s vision and passion. I talked to them with just a curriculum framework and ideas, and I’m so grateful that they enthusiastically agreed to work with us to improve our approach to school innovation. Thanks to Raya School, Museo Pambata, St. Edward Integrated School, Krus na Ligas High School, Pasong Tamo Elementary School, and Philippine Science High School. They gave us awesome feedback on our material, so we’ve been iterating on the workshop (from the format, time, space, worksheets, approach, ice breakers, games, size, etc) since day 1.
  4. Translated and adapted design thinking for local audiences. Doing away with jargon, changing the methods to seem more approachable, trying different activities that are more culturally appropriate, and most importantly creating Filipino versions of the text. With the insights of the co-facilitators who have diverse backgrounds (theater, consumer research, science teaching, policy, community development) we are constantly improving our work, reflecting immediately on feedback and incorporating them for the next workshops. Using human-centered design to design a workshop on human-centered design.

I’m currently writing the case studies for all 6 schools so we can put it in the website already. Meanwhile, visit our new Facebook page to see immediate updates and photos from our workshops.

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