This workshop is a practical and interactive journey to learn how to create an innovative solution starting from an existing need, keeping sustainability criteria on the forefront. Some things in life can be almost as easy as ABC and so is the tool presented: it is called ABCD.
ABCD stands for the four phases of the tool. In the (A) ‘Awareness phase’, we understand the need, the context, the current solution and its dynamics. In the (B) ‘Baseline assessment phase’, we look at today’s reality by analyzing where violations of the principles for sustainability occur by the current solution. On the basis of this, we get to work in the (C) ‘Create solutions phase’. By digging into the problem, we identify potential solutions. In the (D) ‘Decide on priorities phase’ we evaluate the ideas developed in (C), prioritize them and think of how our solution looks like in the most basic form.
Together we will tackle a real-life challenge of housing in a village in Burkina Faso. Because of deforestation and climate change, there is no wood available anymore for traditional housing. People are forced to live in low-quality, badly insulated and unsafe houses for which the materials deprive them from much-needed money for schooling, health and food. During the workshop we will apply the ABCD-tool together on this challenge. Also, there will be time to apply the tool in each team on the team’s challenge.