We aim to be a leader and catalyst for innovation in learning and learning about innovation.
With the ongoing increase in scale and complexity of humanitarian emergencies, accelerated by factors such as climate change, urbanisation, and the challenges faced by actors operating in longstanding protracted emergencies, it is recognised that alternative and improved approaches are needed to meet the growing needs of populations affected by humanitarian crises. Achieving improved humanitarian outcomes requires a collaborative effort between different and new actors to bring about enhanced thinking and effective solutions to these complex challenges.
As a learning organisation, we always want to make sure that our learning products and services stay relevant and use the knowledge and practices of the communities we want to serve. We want to support and enhance learning rather than constrain it.
That’s why we have developed a specific approach, based on a Social Learning methodology, which balances formal learning elements with socially co-created ones. It is aimed at learning designers at the local and global level, providing them with open wide space for creativity and innovation in learning design. Adopting a Social Learning methodology is a new way to foster a dynamic, purposeful community of practice, helping to develop innovative learning for a stronger social impact.
Foresight is a tool for uncovering unexpected opportunities and building resiliency in your organisation, by considering ways to plan in the present for things in the future that you can’t predict, but you know may disrupt you. We work with the Institute For The Future and the Humanitarian Learning Centre to build different scenarios and stories of the future that bring insight for action in the present.
We work with ITC-ILO to investigate the potential of using game elements for increased engagement and effective training of humanitarian staff. Based on the successful implementation of two Gamification Labs in Kenya and the Philippines in 2017, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) was conceived to be an innovative online laboratory geared at identifying and shaping concrete challenges, which should then be addressed in a creative yet constructive way through game-based techniques.
Flood Resilience – supporting local innovation in Indonesia
We have been working with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to identify innovative ways to build resilience of people and communities in Indonesia. During the Flood Resilience Challenge in 2017, 18 local innovations were presented, including participatory games to raise awareness among Indonesian families. Innovators presented their ideas to crowdfunders and investors, and successful projects received grants to be further developed.