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What's Your Problem? Identifying Needs & Defining Problems for Social Innovation

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
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6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
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Matt Nash, Managing Director for Social Entrepreneurship, Duke I&E
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I&E Academy

Social entrepreneurs seeking to develop innovative, sustainable solutions in areas such as health, poverty, education, environmental sustainability, human rights, etc., often discover that these domains are full of "wicked problems"-seemingly unsolvable, intractable challenges with multiple, often systemic causes, and interwoven, exacerbating effects on several stakeholder groups. In this session, we will discuss and apply analytical tools and methods of human-centered design for problem discovery and analysis to help social entrepreneurs and the communities with whom they engage to diagnose and frame a problem with precision and clarity, and in such a way that the root causes of the problem, not just its symptoms, will be addressed. NOTE: Stay after for an info session on the Global Social Innovation Challenge. Come learn how to win up to $50,000 for your idea to change the world!

Contact: Megan Kelly