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The Importance of Having a Voice

February 27, 2014

CP’s own Jade Frank was recently interviewed for a piece featured on OpenIDEO. Below is an excerpt of the piece. To read the full post simply follow the link below.

Jade Frank started working in women and girls empowerment through World Pulse, helping the print magazine become an online network that allows women to share their voice and vision for change. One way World Pulse amplifies the voices of it’s community members is by partnering with different advocacy groups and bringing women’s perspectives to influential arenas where they’re underrepresented, such as in government or at technology conferences. Jade has continued working on women’s empowerment in her role at Context Partners, a social innovation design firm in Portland that relies on a community centered design approach. With Context Partners, Jade has been helping build an alumni network for a program that works with development practitioners in Africa to include girls in building education, health and economic development projects.

Key Lessons

    Always LISTEN to the community you’re trying to engage and let them guide you. They’re the ones that know their needs best. When you’re designing something for someone it’s really important that you include them in the entire process. As you’re rolling it out, work with them again to find out how to modify it and what needs to change.

    Something very simple can make a difference. Sometimes participants felt that just writing down their perspectives and being heard by someone was more empowering than whether or not world leaders listened.

    Start in one place and pilot your project. You can take your learnings and adapt them elsewhere.

    Having the right incentives for community participation is important, but they need not always be extrinsic rewards.

To read the full article by Jason Rissman click here

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