Innovating and designing for social change
This course takes a practical approach to communication for development to effect real change. It brings together professionals, academics, and creatives and gives them a collaborative space to leverage their collective intelligence. The goal is that they learn from our instructors as well as from one another.
Are you ready to collaborate with 40 bright communication professionals?
Collaborate with a small team to create a human-centered communication project
Discuss timely topics with communication experts from the United Nations and other international organizations
Join meaningful discussions, thought-provoking presentations, and practical workshops
Get familiar with the tools powering global communication initiatives
This course takes a practical approach to communication for development with the aim of effecting real change. It brings together professionals, academics and creatives and gives them a collaborative space to leverage their collective intelligence. The intention is that they learn from our instructors, as well as from one another. Are you ready to collaborate with bright communication professionals?
The course is for development professionals, policy-makers, academics and creative professionals.
In this course, participants work together to find meaningful solutions to specific challenges.
Three key topics for this year's course include:
As always, participants are encouraged to share relevant work-related experiences and discuss what inspires them about the current communication landscape.
Participants explore communication ideas, from low-tech with a local reach to high-tech with a global reach, that are immediately applicable to their work.
Three areas of study for this year's course are:
Participants will be challenged to work on larger communication initiatives, which may comprise but are not limited to social media campaigns.
Last year's speaker sessions included experts from the International Organization for Migration, UN Enivronment, the International Labour Organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the United Nations.
Over four days, six specialists spoke with participants on the following topics:
In-house learning and training experts facilitated the course materials and processes.
Participants that take this course use the design thinking process to craft wide-ranging communication products and development-driven stories.
Here are three things you'll be able to do after taking this course:
This course aims to help participants use the design thinking process, which includes building empathy for key stakeholders, defining user personas, and understanding user journeys.
Last year's course opened with an examination of seven real interactive stories and a discussion about different human-centered storytelling approaches.
Participants later broke into teams and used design thinking to solve specific communication-related challenges related to:
On the last full day of the course, teams created Instagram accounts and implemented social media campaigns to promote their design solutions.
This course is designed for a diversity of profiles: those who are already working in communication and want to learn new skills, those who are interested but haven’t yet started, and those who need specific guidance.
Here are three reasons to take this course:
At the conclusion of the course, participants receive an ITCILO Design Kit, a physical tool that helps teams take a human-centered approach to problem solving.