Session type:

Talk

Presented by:

Molly Balcom Raleigh

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Jules Maitland

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Session time:

20 Sep 14:00 14:45

Session duration:

45 minutes

About the session

......Combining design research, co-design and prototyping with an innovation lab to build resilient social infrastructure in Atlantic Canada’s early childhood education sector

Join us to learn about the ECE Lab (2020-2023), in which we co-designed and field-tested nine social innovation prototypes that tackled systemic challenges to educator recruitment and retention in Canada’s Early Childhood Education sector.

Through stories and visuals, we’ll share how we combined rigorous design research with the relational and action-oriented structure of a Social Innovation Lab. In our presentation you’ll hear:

How octopuses wielding brooms and other metaphors gave the sector a new shared language
How we structured the co-design of the lab to reduce barriers to participation for those with lived experience of the challenges
How we embedded design capability throughout the lab to activate the area expertise of the participants
How the impacts of these combined approaches have extended beyond the lab’s temporary intervention

Participant takeaways:

  • How we leveraged visual synthesis of data, to create new new shared language across the sector
  • How we structured the co-design of the lab to reduce barriers to participation for those with lived experience of the sector’s workforce challenges
  • How we embedded design capability throughout the lab to activate the area expertise of the participants
  • How the impacts from these combined approaches have extended beyond the lab’s temporary intervention, and what lessons we’ve taken

Themes:

Innovation labs, Design research, Prototyping, Co-design, Peer leadership, Peer mentorship, Early childhood education, Cross-sector collaboration, Systems change, Complexity

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