Ductus 5 Day 1


After meeting our team members, we began the day with a quick brainstorming session just throwing out different ideas based on what we already knew about refugees and refugee crises. We then split up and attended the different workshop sessions to learn as much as we could about the subject matter and different perspectives as well as learn valuable team building and brainstorming resources. The workshops provided us with a great basis of knowledge, and we were able to able that knowledge in our further discussion.

Human-Centered Design-

  • Ask why
  • To discover the problem, figure out who is involved, how are people affected, what tangible objects are involved, and what organizations are benefiting/ harming the problem

Teamwork During Disasters-

  • Communication infrastructure often collapses during disasters
  • How do we communicate with refugees when they have no internet?

Language Method of Brainstorming-

  • Start with a simple problem state and elaborate on each part of speech in the sentence to further define the problem/solution
  • Use what you know to go somewhere else

Population Genetics and the History of Human Migration-

  • People have always been moving and migrating just in different patterns
  • Human genomes can track and map migration patterns

At this point, we were working with the idea of a service or system that records refugees’ skills/ talents/ hobbies in a database which is used to “match” people with other countries/companies that have labor shortages. The refugees become a solution to another problem by filling the gap in the labor market. Countries will opt to buy into this program. Our goal is to redefine the meaning of “refugee” from a negative connotation to a positive one by highlighting them as assets to the economy based on their skills and occupations instead of a burden. Moving forward we are going to narrow our area of focus and define a specific persona in which to map through our new resettlement process. In doing so, we hope to reduce chaos and alter people’s behavior toward displaced people.