Leadership and Management for Non-Profit Professionals brings out a new breed of Design Thinkers.

After completing the module on Leadership, Ethics, and Accountability, the LMNP cohort moved to a new module last October on Design Thinking. From October 11 to November 8, 2021, four weekly sessions were held to introduce design thinking and its possibilities in innovating solutions.

To unpack the module, the topics consisted of: (1) Principles of Design Thinking; (2) Basics of Conducting Design Research; (3) Ideation Techniques; (4) Localizing Design Thinking. The discussion is facilitated by Mr. Birdie Salva, one of the industry leaders in Design Research. He serves as the Co-Founder and the General Manager of Curiosity Design Research, a product and service design firm that puts prime in drawing upon local insights in providing design solutions.

As one of the goals of the LMNP program on developing and equipping the cohorts with the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA), various workshops activities were conducted for the entire duration of the module.

Principles of Design Thinking

Before delving into the specifics of the module, the first session of Design Thinking introduced the principles, processes, and tools of design thinking. An overview of the phases of design thinking was laid out as the foundation for the next learning sessions. Mr. Birdie highlighted in the session that design thinking has its limitations and it can not solve all kinds of problems right away.

Basics of Conducting Design Research

In understanding the realities of the people and communities being studied, it is important to acquire the necessary and appropriate knowledge and skills in engaging with them. Because of  this, the tools and techniques for data gathering and data processing were the central discussions of the second session of the module. 

Ideation Techniques

During the third session, ideation skills and tools were presented in the discussion. They were exposed to different techniques in ideation, prototyping, and testing sessions that can be applied within their organizations.

Localizing Design Thinking

The concluding lecture emphasized the “Theory of Change” as a framework applying design thinking principles in creating social impact. To further illustrate the said theory, case studies of different organizations and businesses were presented which served as a guide for the cohort’s in their workshop activities. Before officially closing the module, Mr. Birdie reminded the cohort of their power and capacity to design, think of solutions, and act on social problems.  

With Design Thinking, you can start anywhere. If you are the type of person na idea agad, by all means, come up with an idea. But of course if you have an idea, you go bring it to the Prototype stage, you test it out, and then that’s where you’ll find out kung were you on the right track or not. And if not, go back to the Research phase, then you can try understanding more. Design Thinking is non-linear.

Mr. Birdie Salva

The Jesse Robredo Institute for Leadership and Good Governance would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Birdie Salva for sharing his knowledge and expertise with the rest of the LMNP participants.

LMNP is a one-year online fellowship program designed to prepare non-profit professionals in taking on leadership roles that will enable them to effectively forward their organizations’ causes. This program aims to develop and equip them with knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) in certain areas of leadership, management, and organizational development. Through interactive sessions and workshops, the program aims to create a network of non-profit leaders who will learn to collaborate and work together to solve societal problems.

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