As part of the Sankore Consulting Process we use Liberatory Design as one of our tools.
Liberatory Design is Human Centered Design Thinking + Equity
The Liberatoy Design Process includes the with the framing question of “How might We”
This is the driver for the session, the ‘essential question’ to be addressed. The ‘how might we’ question is created to be big and provocative with no easy answer so the stakeholders have an opportunity for many access points and perspectives.
We go through the process of creating Empathy Maps in which participants interview each other asking and listening to each as they respond to the questions.
This allows everyone, all stakeholders to have their voices heard, their soul bared in the quest for liberation. From there we created problem statements and then solutions statements to express our ideas.
At this juncture we take off any inhibitors and consider “Are we giving ourselves permission to consider ideas that may not feel possible in order to move past status quo solutions?” Teams then create prototypes 2D or 3D renderings of their ideas/solutions to these very big problems or considerations.
Why this process? By going through this work we as our ancestors would say ‘priming the pump’ or ‘tilling the field’ you are getting the land, process, people ecosystem ready to act upon, ready for change, ready for new ideas, ready for action. Without this significant work, we are are not equipped for the major changes that are often needed in authentic effective strategic planning
- What “How Might We” question could you address in your organization?