Ductus 9 Day 1 Summary

Once we got over to DEC, we started making a list of areas of interests such as public health, infrastructure, safety, and communication. We sorted the issues into when they occur: before, during, or after a catastrophe. At the workshop about how the internet and mobile connectivity can improve refugee well-being we learned that refugee communities in rural areas are miles from the nearest internet connection. Part of the problem that causes this disconnect is that many of these settlements are seen as temporary, so it seems unpractical to spend lots of money investing in infrastructure for them. At the sustainability workshop, we learned that sustainability should be integral to our solution, not just something that is added in at the end. We should look at what we create through four lenses, social, economic, environmental, and experiential. At the human-centered design workshop we learned that we should expand on problems by asking “why?” We should use empathy to imagine ourselves as the person in need of help and ask what we would actually need. At the workshop discussing why refugees don’t usually fly when they are relocating, we learned that it is cheaper to fly than to travel by boat or car. The reason that people don’t is that they need a visa to leave their country of origin, but they can’t get a visa until they get to where they are going. When we reconvened after the workshops, we determined that we wanted whatever we designed to be portable. It should be able to help the refugees in whatever encampment they are in, without seeming like a permanent fixture that ties them to one spot. This way, they won’t lose hope that they are going to be able to leave their camps relatively soon.