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Uncertainty caused by the pandemic influenced, among others, the public sector and affected the usual ways to act. The organizations have faced the burnout, lack of resources, and the need to transfer to the remote mode of operation, and these factors were more striking for them than ever before. The pandemic also affected the target groups, to solve the problems of which the CSOs work. Such circumstances are ideal to apply the new methods for work and completing the tasks of the CSOs. These new methods include design thinking.

Design thinking is successfully applied in the business, as well as in state and public sectors. This approach is focused on a person, understanding their needs, and the search for effective  solutions. Design thinking allows to work on the issues focusing on problems and needs of target groups as much as possible, generate new ideas, and test the solutions quickly.

Can this approach be effective for the Ukrainian CSOs? Are there examples of organizations successfully applying design thinking in Ukraine? How and why one should identify the human-oriented problem and how to solve it? Can Ukrainian public organizations learn to apply design thinking and do they really need it?

East Europe Foundation invites you to discuss these questions on October 6 at 11AM during the event “Design thinking in Ukraine: successful cases and opportunities for the public sector”. This is the meeting with experts and practitioners of design thinking, who already use this approach and can share their experience. 

The event will include a presentation of the free course “Design thinking and innovations for CSOs”, which was developed within the 3DProject and is available on the Educational Online Platform Zrozumilo!

Here are the experts who will take part in the event:

  • Martin Schroeder, Head of Operations Section “Local and Human Development” at the European Union Delegation to Ukraine.
  • Nataliia Slynko, Program Director at East Europe Foundation.
  • Svitlana Khutka, expert on design thinking, PhD, visiting professor at Stanford, Fulbright fellow, U.World Foundation founder; associate professor at Kyiv School of Economics, student at Hasso Platner d.School. 
  • Liliya Borovets, co-founder of the CSO “Pro.Svit”, Fulbright fellow. Studied design thinking for educational professionals at Stanford.
  • Inha Vyshnevska, Director at Solutions for People (One Philosophy Group).
  • Yurii Hranovskyi, co-founder of the CSO “Agents of Change”.
  • Kateryna Chernohorenko, Project Manager at EGAP Program.

Join the event online via the live broadcasting in the Facebook event, on the Facebook page of East Europe Foundation and on our Youtube channel.

Educational online platform Zrozumilo! provides free online education for the representatives of the public sector, state and local authorities, educational sphere, students and youth, as well as for everyone interested in self-development and attaining quality knowledge. 

3D Project (Development Despite Disruption: Resilient civil society in a time of COVID-19 and beyond) is an EU-funded project implemented by East Europe Foundation, supporting the empowerment of Ukrainian civil society to confront the effects of COVID-19. The project lasts from October 2020 to April 2022.

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