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Global Ideas Design Jam: Solutions for preventable blindness

Saturday, 17th June 2017


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How might you apply your everyday skills to solve a real world global health problem?


At the next Global Ideas Design Jam, your challenge is to reduce preventable blindness in rural Ethiopia. No matter what stage of life or industry you’re in, learn how to think differently about global issues and apply your skills to a niche problem.

This Design Jam is in partnership with Fred Hollows Foundation, the leading global organisation for ending avoidable blindness. With a small group of passionate changemakers, we’ll guide you through the process of understanding the problem, building a solution, and pitching it to Fred Hollows Foundation.

At the Design Jam, you’ll work directly with professionals from Fred Hollows Foundation, Design Factory Melbourne and the LUMA foundation – a Human-Centered Design training organisation – to solve a real world challenge provided on the day.


How do we Jam?


Global Ideas Design Jams offer a unique, value-packed opportunity to learn the fundamentals of design thinking, providing you with new skills to lead, innovate and drive change in your field.

Closer to the date, we’ll let you know more about the challenge and the context, with a pre-Jam briefing kit so you’re ready to go.

In a supportive environment at Design Factory Melbourne, Jams are fun, creative, explorative and collaborative. You will “learn by doing”. You’ll also get the opportunity to pitch your idea to our expert panel of design and development leaders.

Lunch, snacks, materials, teaching, facilitation and certification are all included in the price. Get ready to innovate; we can’t wait to see what you create.

This event is delivered in collaboration with the Fred Hollows Foundation and Design Factory Melbourne.



SAT, June 17th at 8:45 AM – 4:30 PM


Save the Children Australia, Ground Floor, 33 Lincoln Square South, Carlton VIC 3053. Maps.


$60 – includes Lunch, snacks, materials, facilitation & certificate


What is Trachoma?


Trachoma is an infectious disease affecting the eye and a leading global cause of preventable blindness. Fortunately, it can be easily prevented with clean water, soap and excellent hygiene to prevent transmission to the eye. In some rural and poor communities access to water can be limited and families prioritise available water for drinking and cooking. Availability of supplies and equipment that would limit transmission of trachoma are also often very limited: soap, wash stations and towels. Beyond education, what approaches could be employed in low resource settings to engage households and whole communities in effective change in hygiene and sanitation practices?


Who is Facilitating?


Patrick Sharburgh (LUMA Institute)

Patrick is a senior program director with the Pittsburgh-based LUMA Institute, where he helps companies and organisations around the world accelerate their innovation capabilities using the methods and mindsets of human-centered design. He is an independent strategic design consultant working with clients ranging from the Victorian government to schools and universities, the legal sector, and NGOs. He also lectures in RMIT University’s Executive MBA program, where he teaches Design Thinking for Business. In addition, Patrick is the organiser of the 850-member Melbourne meetup group Design Thinking for Business Innovation, and is a regular speaker on topics ranging across the fields of innovation and design thinking.


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