Vish Srivastava, MDE 2019
Organization: IDEO.org, San Francisco, CA
Sponsor: Greater Boston Area Community Service Fellowship
“It’s been incredibly interesting and inspiring to observe how design can tackle societal issues, and the unique flavor that IDEO brings to these challenges in particular. The above picture is of a wall in a restroom in the IDEO San Francisco studio. There are always interesting questions written on the wall to ponder while going about your business, and post-its and markers to add to the conversation.
This one in particular attracted my attention because it raises important questions given all that is happening in politics, but also highlights why design is critical to tackling these sorts of questions. Ironically, it feels like we often forget the human experience when solving for societal challenges – and human-centered design reminds us to do exactly that. It also encourages us to take time to fully explore the intricacies of a problem and to fully explore the range of potential solutions.
IDEO.org focuses solely on the social sector and I have been impressed with the patience and attention given to understanding the human experience within even the most intractable problems. More to come as I start diving into my project working on family planning in Ethiopia!”