Solutions Testing and Validation Remote Workshop

On March 26 and 27, the fourth Young SDG Innovators Program (YSIP) camp took place under the name of “Solutions Testing and Validation”. Following the three previously-held camps, this camp focused on refining and validating problem solutions related to their specific companies. It helped innovators measure and communicate the SDG impact of their proposed solutions and be inspired on how to further build innovation into their development work.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the fourth camp had to be converted from physical to virtual, to ensure the safety and health of all participants. The workshop facilitators were Mr. Nadim Choucair, Canadian Ecosystem Builder and Founder of 2030 Cabinet, and Mr. Hany Rizk, an Experience Strategist and Founder of No BS – Innovation Studio. The facilitators used many interactive tools such as Zoom, Slack and Mural in order to make the remote easier to manage, and as interactive and educational as it could be.

On day 1, facilitators used the sailboat technique to lead the teams in identifying the opportunities and problems they faced in the different stages of their YSIP journey so far. The positives were meant to help sail the boat, while the negatives were meant to sink it. First off, innovators focused on the advantages and disadvantages of the process of work. Then they focused on the ones relating to their SDG solutions. This in turn, helped innovators prioritize their problems, and then reframe them to become challenges that can be tackled.

Consequently, Mr. Choucair followed by teaching the innovators how to assess the SDG impact of their solutions. Accordingly, each team was given a specific template to use as an outline, in order to present the details on their SDG solutions and which SDGs they focused on.

Hany Rizk facilitating the Solutions Testing and Validation Workshop from home

On day 2, the camp facilitators led a discussion with innovator teams on each of their solutions. They explored the choices of innovative solutions and the details that centered around them. With that, Mr. Choucair introduced the concept of theory of change. The theory of change is a methodology used by companies that helps plan, participate and evaluate decisions, which lead to social change. Based on that template, innovators assessed and pitched their solutions to everyone, including peers, and were then met with some feedback and advice.

At the end of day two and camp 4, the facilitators wrapped up by going back to the sailboat technique, used on day one, to redo the same tasks. End results on the sailboat were different, affected positively by the activities and teachings of camp 4. This camp prepared the innovators for their final camp, Off-boarding, which will focus on guiding innovators on how to embed the learnings and skills from the program into their companies.

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