{DESIGN AND SOCIAL INNOVATION} Building capabilities in communities by instructing engineering-design skills

June 30, 2014 at 11:24 pm Leave a comment

Original post at the DILAB:Engineering Design Initiative

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Picture: JangoTec session in La Granja 2014

{ENG} Many people refer to  the concept of social innovation as something enacted by a stranger to a community that “needs” help. We’ve explored and reflected over this extensively on our”design for social innovation” website. There are different takes on the concept. In our experience, there are few individuals promoting social innovation that seek to empower communities to build their own solutions or believe in changing or adapting their own fate. Looking to fulfill our interest in community building and empowerment, the DILAB staff, together with the student movements: Convive and La Resistencia, decided to create an educational hands-on program for the democratization of some of the skills that engineer-designers get at the Católica School of Engineering. These include: technology, establishing networks and prototyping. The project is called JANGOTEC: “A Journey from our talents to new capabilities.” This is a space of learning and approach to technology.

Principles that inspire us: “We all have creative potential”, “We’ve done a lot with little”, “We are building a floor to get high” and “We can.”
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{ESPAÑOL} Mucha gente habla de innovación y mucho más de la innovación social. Es un tópico bastante explorado en nuestro sitio “innovación social.cl “. Sin embargo, hay pocos individuos que bajo estas propuestas, buscan empoderar a comunidades para que creen sus propias soluciones, establezcan sus propias redes o crean en su capacidad de adaptar sus destinos. El equipo del DILAB, en conjunto con los movimientos estudiantiles universitarios de Convive (UC) y La Resistencia (ING.Eléctrica UC), deciden levantar un programa educacional “hands on” para democratizar el aprendizaje de algunas habilidades que obtienen los ingenieros durante su educación superior en la Escuela de Ingeniería UC. Estos incluyen: tecnología, construcción de redes y prototipado. El proyecto ha sido bautizado JANGOTEC “Un viaje desde nuestros talentos hacia nuevas capacidades.” Es un espacio de aprendizaje y acercamiento a las tecnologías.

Los principios que nos inspiran: “Todos tenemos potencial creativo y aplicado”, “Hemos hecho mucho con poco”, “Estamos construyendo un piso para llegar alto” y “Todos podemos”.

Agradecemos al Liceo Dr-Alejandro del Río.

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Constanza Miranda PhD(c) design.anthro
* Currently @ DILAB
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NCSU
* Ex.VR @ Stanford's Center for Design Research [DesignXLab]
* Ex.Instructor @ PUC Chile [Design+Engineering]
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Design for Social Innovation initiative by Constanza Miranda is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at www.innovacionsocial.cl.

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