Imeandikwa: Deborah Tien (Executive Director)
Imetafsiriwa: Fadhilina Mkalli (Administrator), Epifania Wilbard (Education Coordinator), Chris Mushi (Creativity Trainer)
Sisi Twende tumekua tukiendesha mafunzo ya Ubunifu na uvumbuzi wa miradi ya mikono kwa zaidi ya miaka mitano sasa kwa watu wasiopungua 1,300 na kwa msaada kutoka IDIN pamoja na mashirika mengine. Mafunzo ya ubunifu wa teknolojia (CCB) yameigwa kutoka kwenye chuo cha MIT D_Lab, na washiriki wote wameshuhudia jinsi walivyofunguka kimawazo kila baada ya kupata mafunzo haya. Tunapenda na tunaona nyuso za furaha kila baada ya mafunzo haya yanayochukua siku 5 wakiwa na mfano wa mashine/mradi mikononi mwao.
Lakini nitadanganya nikisema tumetimiza lengo letu la kuwezesha watu kuvumbua na kubuni teknolojia zao wenyewe kusuluhisha matatizo ya kujamii. Baada ya mafunzo ya muda mrefu,tumekua tukiangalia na kurejea tunachokifanya na kisha kutambua changamoto kadha wa kkadha:kama vilewatu kutomalizia miradi yao kipindi cha mafunzo ya CCB mpaka pale ambapo kifaa/mashine inaweza kutumika ili kuweza kuboresha maisha yao ya kila siku.
We at Twende have been running hands-on design & creativity workshops for 5+ years with 1,300+ people and the support of IDIN, amongst other amazing partners. Our flagship Creative Capacity Building (CCB) workshop was adapted from a methodology developed at MIT D-Lab, and all participants exclaim how their ‘minds are opened’ every workshop we run. We love that, and we can see faces light up when they finish the five-day workshop with a prototype in their hands.
But I would be lying if I said we found the magical silver bullet to accomplish our mission: empower people to design & create their own technology solutions to community challenges. After so many workshops, we have taken a critical eye to what we do and identified a big problem: people don’t often ‘finish’ technologies during CCB to the point where they can regularly use it to actually improve their everyday lives.
Never fear, though, we are a team of problem-solvers and designers, so we have used the steps of the Twende design process to come up with a solution to test and get feedback.