WORKSHOP #3 ON ENERGY ACCESS IN HUMANITARIAN RELIEF


The workshop in Oslo on the 13th of February is conducted, and with great contributions due to the enthusiasm from all participants. I would like to thank everyone for coming and for the valuable input. I keep hearing from
enterprises and NGOs that I am doing valuable work; but this is a participatory effort and it is really the participants who do the work; now I have to return the favour to the participants by mapping out a framework for desingers contributing in the humantiarian market.

The four working groups did a tremendous job in completing the tasks I gave them, fist by showing a real scenario of designing for humanitarian customers, versus the ideal scenario as they imagine it. It was clear that the companies with longer time experience with direct interaction with humanitarian customers had found their strategies but not the solutions, that will be elaborated upon when I thouroughly go through the findings.

During this workshop, there were more organizations present than at the previous two workshops and when mapping the design process it was made clear that many of the organizations and enterprises have difficulties pinning down how we can link  prototype testing, product launch and implementation in the humanitarian relief setting.

The first article from this workshop series will be presented at the 20th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference:
Resilience – The New Research Frontier at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the 18t to the 20th of June. http://isdrs2014.org/home/

NRC and A-Aqua presenting their ideal design and implementation process

NRC and A-Aqua presenting their ideal design and implementation process

K8 Presenting

K8 Presenting

IMAG2749 Cooking stoves exhibited

 

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About Brita Fladvad Nielsen

I'm a Postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. My focus is on Smart Energy Communities in urban settings as well as design of energy-devices for emergency settings and design for humanitarian markets, especially for refugee camps in rural areas of Africa. I blog about my research approach Design Thinking on www.designthinkingresearch.wordpress.com and about humanitarian design at www.designforselfreliance.wordpress.com . I am also a mother of a child who is deaf, and I blog about her language development on Aurorasittsprak.wordpress.com
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