Over 200 people turned up for our talk on Applying Human-centered Design to Development Challenges. Our event for June was held at the start of July to accommodate Lebaran holidays. We're so glad we waited because it was our biggest one yet!

One criticism of the development sector is the persistence of social interventions and policy-making that is designed without meaningful involvement of the local communities they seek to serve. In June JDN hosted two guest speakers with design backgrounds who are using their skill-set to improve the way development work is undertaken in Indonesia. 

Human-centered design is a creative problem-solving methods that puts the needs and life-context of people at the center of the process. User-centeredness is not a groundbreaking concept in design circles, but in recent years human-centered design has been generating a lot of buzz in in the development world.

Experts or design and practitioners of development, our guest speakers for the night were Stephanie Lukito and Kautsar Anggakara. 

Stephanie is a transdiciplinary designer whose work has been shown in Tokyo, Berlin, Milan, Jakarta, New York, and London. Her most recent work took her across West Nusa Tenggara with INOVASI, a development project committed to raising the quality of education through a deep understanding of local context and bottom up empowerment. Currently, Stephanie is the Experience Design Director at Mirum Jakarta, committed to cultivating a culture of design and innovation in Indonesia.

Angga is the Design Strategy Lead of Pulse Lab Jakarta, a data innovation lab established by the UN and Government of Indonesia. He has applied human-centered design to envision learning experience for school dropouts, to design better healthcare services to reduce the risk of maternal mortality, to improve business registration in Indonesia, and to minimize the adverse health and education impact for kids living in forest-fire affected areas. Over his 10-year career span, he has used designers sensibilities to work with local government, build brand strategy for some fortune-500 companies, and also sit behind the desk as a trained accountant.