OPENBOX

HAITI: CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING IN COMPLEX SYSTEMS

I was approached to help the team at Openbox, an impact investment firm turned strategic innovations agency based in NYC, conceptualize and clarify the content for a six-month international research project. During their investigation, the Openbox team researched and mapped the ecosystem of gender-based violence in Haiti and extracted models emerging on the ground. Employing Human-Centered-Design as methodology to uncover the impact strategies carried out in Haiti, they built a comprehensive report serving as a best practice for the international development, design thinking and academic communities, as well as an accompanying website presenting the project.

My role was to understand their goals and work through inconsistencies in their research narrative, ultimately developing clear, concise, actionable information and conceptual design frameworks that would compliment their report on global impact initiatives. The final 50-page report repositioned grassroots groups as experts in impact initiatives, showcased their sophistication and highlighted models that are rarely considered in the international development industry. I edited the full report and curated the written and visual language presented for review at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Conference's Annual Meeting.

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