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DC Chapter Launch of Black Girls Code

Can you hear it? There’s a noticeable buzz that’s been picking up at the Hub over the last few weeks. From the standing room only DC Chapter launch of Black Girls Code on June 1st to Mission: Launch’s Rebuilding Reentry Demo Day, there was plenty to tweet about (just ask Mission:Launch’s Bryn Phillips who I personally witnessed tweeting on three devices simultaneously!).

On Friday, June 5th, Impact Hub DC was transformed into a design thinking laboratory, and I had the pleasure of co-facilitating a workshop for over 30 government leaders, community experts and activists who built prototypes in response to this challenge: How Might We Redesign DC to Become a Re-Entry Friendly City so that people who’ve served their time get a second chance?

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Friday Design Thinking session on #RebuildingReentry

 

 

As promised, this was not your typical DC conference. We didn’t sit around and admire the problem. Instead, we rolled up our sleeves, imagined the possibilities, and built our way to better solutions. And here’s what I love most: what both organizations have in common is a goal to INCLUDE people as full and productive participants in our society, especially those faced with structural or social barriers that have been placed in their way.

 

 

Graphic recorder from DT:DC participating in Rebuilding Reentry Design Thinking session.
Graphic recorder from DT:DC participating in Rebuilding Reentry Design Thinking session.

 

 

This is what Impact Hub DC is all about – convening, connecting and supporting individuals and organizations that are driving social innovation.

P.S. If you are interested in learning more about how design thinking or other creative problem-solving methodologies can help your team or company innovate, please get in touch with me directly at beth@impacthubdc.com.