We work on the people side of innovation and put people over process.
Check out some of our latest projects below!
Putting Human-Centered Design at the heart of the government in the UAE.
DESIGN GOV is a national movement that connects the people who serve, to the people they serve. By embedding creative mindsets and skillsets into the way we think and work, Design Gov enables us to understand, imagine, and co-create meaningful solutions together with the people of the UAE.
DSIL co-designed and facilitated the immersion courses that would provide the experiences and relationships powerful enough to shift the way ministries interact and listen to the world and to one another.
In this mad collaboration, the DSIL Team worked alongside the world's best including Palmwood, IDEO, and Atolye. What came from the diversity was innovative thinking and a transformational Learn & Design program unlike any other.
Collaboration is hard work.
Innovation needs empathy and diversity to thrive.
Our teams have collaborated in 50+ projects bringing US together like never before. As practitioners of innovation, we leverage our learning in the field to educate in relevant ways on our executive course and push always combine the intersections of theory and practice.
A Revived Path for Executive Leadership
Stepping back so we can rebuild trust.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is in a collaboration with several other global INGO's in an effort to work for the eradication of diseases. Millions of dollars were being spent with brilliant minds at the table, yet the leadership of these organizations was struggling to cultivate the trust new collaborative skills needed to hit the goal. DSIL stepped in to custom design a 2-day gathering where leaders would learn practical steps to collaborating between organizations while getting honest about the lasting conflict in the room. From there, they began to refresh their relationships so the work can go farther -faster and build a new culture for the future.
A Global Summit for Local Solutions
A 16-day summit showcasing the power radical collaboration
DSIL designed, trained facilitators, and implemented the International Development Design Summit in 2017, the first-ever to be hosted in Asia. The summit brought over 25 participants and 50 team members together with the local community to focus on 6 challenges. The two-week event inspired a more inclusive & sustainable approach to development in Southeast Asia. New solutions to challenges in farming, fair trade products, and local health were identified and tested and an innovation lab there lives on! Click here to see what we learned together with MIT D-Lab, Winrock, and Raitong Organics.
Unlocking Strategy that Can Endure Adversity
An annual retreat done differently
Asia Catalyst fights for the right to health around the world. Board members, senior management and field staff came together to think about past successes and identify areas to pivot in the face of a changing political and financial climate. DSIL facilitators moved the group through days of co-creating a new strategy while introducing new tools for reflection and innovation that leaders could take back to their teams. Always thinking on a systems level, DSIL ensured the new strategy had agility built-in. AC's Leaders also worked on their personal development through one-on-one coaching sessions with DSIL the coaches during nights and checked in with their mental wellness too.
Infusing Design Thinking into
Injecting innovation at annual meet-ups
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Geneva wanted to inject some new ways of implementing innovation into the way they disperse aid in local communities and market to donors. DSIL ran a hands-on design thinking training using real-time challenges identified prior to the session. Teams practiced how to spot new opportunities by truly listening to how beneficiaries experience the organization's work. The organization’s creative capacity grew and the workshop itself left the team with the next steps and new ideas to experiment (safely) with over the next year.
"We tend to use the same tools whether they work or
not because we think they are the only ones..."
...there are many more. We will teach you!
The Impact of Inclusive Human-Centered Design
Rethinking Sexuality Education in Thailand
DSIL, UNICEF, and National committed partners wanted to better understand how effective sexuality education is in Thailand. That meant taking the perspective of Thai Youth seriously. After the opportunity to share, we brought the youth along to learn the process of innovation so they could use it to channel their experiences into actionable steps and design new solutions. They did that and more!
The youth built tangible and highly technical solutions. It's the end of the "buy-in" era.
Here is just one example: From the insight that many teen boys felt embarrassed about buying condoms, they re-designed for them. Making packet directions easier to read in one glance, creating characters to explain more about why condoms matter and even added on an app so youth can have a larger discussion about the relationships in their life.
We co-create every project with you from the beginning.
We believe customization is the key, context is everything, and you know yours best.
What We Do.
All of our work starts with building humans, with systems change in sight.
Innovation + EQ Capability Building
With a focus on emotional intelligence, we work with organizations ready to learn things well. Our experiential training is all about hands-on learning that ensures teams have the practice necessary to use the mindsets, process, and skills needed to innovate often. Customized training paths use the real challenges present in the workplace today. From Design Thinking to LEAN methods to Liberating Structures © we will find 1 or more innovation process that will drive the goals of the company. Bonus: our facilitators are also coaches so each learner can see where they are getting stuck and why! Fun fact* this increases emotional intelligence too!
for Innovation or Research
Whether there is a need for groundbreaking or incremental innovation, the DSIL lead designers are equally versed facilitators. We work alongside teams so that capability is built along the way to creating meaningful innovations. Kill two birds.....and next round you won't need another innovation consultant. From 5 days, 6 months, or one-year projects -all lead us to the goals that will strengthen teams long-term with exciting short term results too. Watch the power of uncovering powerful insights that lead to more resilient solutions, money saved, and less time wasted.
Culture Change that Sticks
For organizations ready to consciously transform the way thier humans work together, the DSIL SHIFT model was built to guide sustainable cultural change. It begins by inviting every person into making sense of the current culture then designing a new possible future before we get started on building it. Culture is unique and is based on the way we interact and SHIFT begins there and enables the practice of new liberating skills that will turn into habits faster than you may think. Our coaching team will actively support the change process and stronger relationships between individuals and teams are built every step of the way. Transformation starts at the top, so SHIFT works closely with executive leadership to be apart of the change by learning to lead with new mindsets and skills.
Systems Change Strategy
Innovation is more than ideas or post-it notes. Ideas must turn into tested solutions and tested solutions still must thoughtfully embed into the current system it plans to operate in- as easily as possible. Our team develops systems thinking strategy to ensure we keep in mind the realities of the current system, culture, competitors, and resources that are available in companies and communities. Let's not waste more time creating hollow innovation just for the fun of it.
We work with the bold in the public, private,
and non-profit sectors.