The Pioneer

I advocate for design every day. It can help shape more effective global health programs and fundamentally change how we work by testing assumptions, increasing uptake, and breaking down programmatic silos.

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I intimately understand the value design brings to global health projects, and I regularly work with design. I am comfortable talking and advocating on behalf of design and hope to see it being used more in projects as a complementary approach. I want to talk about the value of design in a way that global health practitioners can relate to.


My needs

  • To support a culture of learning among the community of practice

  • To expand the use of design to others in the global health community

  • To guide stakeholders’ expectations on what design can offer

  • To maintain integrity and quality of design-in-use


My struggles with design

Let’s not claim that design can improve a specific amount of lives. We can’t say that. The methods have been fully tried and measured for impact.”

“I think the limitation is not in design thinking itself, but in people’s understanding of how to use design thinking.”

“As amazing as design thinking is, it takes a bit of time, but we are not always afforded that time.

My questions

How do I share, with others, my experiences applying design?

How do I institutionalize design in my organization and beyond?

My Requirements

We need design to be positive and complementary, rather than critical, threatening, or replacing.”

“Guides to design tools would help facilitators create different design experiences and conversations.