Day 6 = Design Challenge Day! Fellows received the design brief for Transparency International, an NGO formed by a global coalition of international chapters seeking to find corruption, worldwide, through local actions. The organization works with governments, businesses, and citizens to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals. As you may know, these issues are of particular importance in Brazil right now! 

At 9AM the design challenge was revealed: Design an intervention that increases the population’s literacy and engagement around corruption. Once they received the briefs the timer was set and the 24-hour challenge began! 

Bruno from Transparency International briefing the fellows on the challenge

Bruno from Transparency International briefing the fellows on the challenge

After having a quick review of the design brief, each team of fellows had a 10-minute question and answer session with Bruno Brandão, Brazil’s Transparency International representative. Responses were shared openly so that one team’s questions would help all teams get a more detailed understanding of how corruption affects Brazilian social sphere and how this International Coalition of NGOs seeks to have influence. Strategic questions led to more clarity on governance, LATAM Culture, Transparency International’s vision, and the main issues the organization deals with every day.

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After the Q&A sessions, fellows split into their allocated groups and began to tackle the challenge of responding to the design brief while applying the new knowledge and skills that they uncovered during the last 5 intensive days!

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We saw lots of systems mapping and exploration of the problem arena as teams started to apply the Disruptive Design Method of Mining, Landscaping and Building. 

Systems Mapping — UnSchool Style

Systems Mapping — UnSchool Style

While the groups were mainly working autonomously to find emerging opportunities for interventions that create change, Leyla provided some extra creative agitation to help the ideas crystallize and come to life!

Leyla Acaroglu supporting fellows as they mined the problem

Leyla Acaroglu supporting fellows as they mined the problem

The groups worked in the space until late evening and afterwards many of them went off to teammates' houses and continued working into the wee hours.

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Day 7 = pitch day! We all reassembled at our home base (the excellent Impact Hub SP) bright and early for each team to run through a practice pitch with Leyla, providing key insights, advice on presentation styles and storytelling techniques. 

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After all the practice pitches were done, the judges assembled and we crammed into our pitch room to watch all the final presentations as a group! 

The judges preparing for the pitches 

The judges preparing for the pitches 

The fellows did an incredible job at articulating their interventions for activating a shift in the perspectives and attitudes towards corruption in Brazil. They shared a wide range of creative solutions that could be implemented within the next 12 months by Transparency International.

One of the teams doing an amazing job pitching their systems intervention 

One of the teams doing an amazing job pitching their systems intervention 

Once all the pitches were done, we popped some local sparkling wine to celebrate, did a collective cheers and awaited the judges feedback.

The judges then announced the winning team— the one they thought most effectively met the criteria of innovation, feasibility, impact and sustainability. There were a lot of hugs as we celebrated all the teams' achievements! (They really were amazing ideas!)

Leyla shares a congratulatory hug with Murillo, one of the fellows on the winning team

Leyla shares a congratulatory hug with Murillo, one of the fellows on the winning team

Our final piece of the UnSchool puzzle was a reflection session that consolidated all that we did during this crazy, amazing week! Leyla’s co-hosts Sara and Arturo shared an amazing compilation video of all our snapchats from the week and the fellows then summarized all the things that happened on each of the 7 days!

Summarizing all that happened this week in the final reflection session 

Summarizing all that happened this week in the final reflection session 

Isabel, one of our amazing fellows, did an incredible graphic recording of the feedback session! 

Then, after many more hugs and tearful goodbyes, we all walked off into the São Paulo sunset (so beautiful!) and headed back to our many corners of the world to continue to activate for positive social change!

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