Part III of Navigating COVID-19: Design Thinking Workshop

The Navigating COVID-19 Webinar Series began in May 2019 during the height of the pandemic lockdown in India. The series, comprised of three webinars, was entirely led by current AIF Fellows and AIF Fellowship Alumni on various topics related to the social sector. The event was organized in support of AIF’s COVID-19 Response by the AIF Clinton Fellowship COVID Response Team.

On May 30th, we hosted the third and final webinar of the series, Navigating COVID-19 including an in depth design thinking workshop by 2019-20 Fellow Anjali Balakrishna, with case study participants Donald Swen (’19 – ’20 Fellow) and Jessica Standifer (’19 – ’20 Fellow).

Designing Your Life and Work for Crisis

Learn the basics of design thinking and its application in personal and professional challenges during this time of crisis. Learn how to identify underlying constraints, and how to turn them into design criteria to fuel your creativity.

You’ll learn to stop worrying about if a solution is “good enough”, and start testing and iterating to find out.

Please watch the full presentation here:

Posted by AIF Clinton Fellowship on Saturday, May 30, 2020

Jessica is serving as an American India Foundation (AIF) Clinton Fellow with TYCIA Foundation in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, and Delhi, NCR. For her Fellowship project, she is designing a campaign for educational facilities to increase enrollment and retention of girls from the Korku tribe by incorporating life skills into the curriculum and training teachers. After completing her undergraduate studies, Jessica taught technical theater in the Performing Arts Department at Santa Susana High School. In addition to teaching, she designed a new curriculum, built community partnerships, and secured internship opportunities for students. Jessica participated in the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship program, studying Urdu in Lucknow. Furthermore, with a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, she continued her Urdu studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison South Asia Summer Language Institute. Jessica is excited to join the AIF Clinton Fellowship to work with girls. Raised in Southern California, Jessica has always had a knack for storytelling, which has woven together her experiences in theater, research, and data science. Jessica looks forward to tackling her Fellowship project and building upon her studies in urbanization and quantitative research experience.

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