Economic downturn, environmental degradation, the social impacts of technology, and the changing nature of work can often leave us feeling helpless in the face of large-scale, global trends. In the face of large-scale, global trends, does the individual person have power?
We believe individuals have the power to change our world for the better, and that we do so best when we work together.
The Sprout Community program (formerly known as the Sustainable Impact Mentoring, or SIM, program) empowers emerging leaders to create positive impact through developing creative and innovative projects that meet local needs. The program takes participants through a deep, immersive process to research their understanding of a chosen problem and get to know the proposed beneficiaries of a project, before attempting solutions. Over a six-month period, participants take part in a series of monthly workshops on applying the Human-Centred Design (HCD) approach to their chosen problem, meet with assigned mentors, and undertake reflective practices that help make the connections between sustainable living, leadership, and taking focused action.
• learn to apply the HCD approach that challenges conventional thinking about designing solutions;
• experience conceptualising, incubating and implementing a project;
• engage with local communities to understand existing needs;
• develop lasting relationships and grow their own networks;
• learn from skilled industry professionals through mentoring;
• leave feeling confident and empowered to create a more sustainable future!
The HCD model can be applied in many different scenarios and can be used to design interventions that meet a wide variety of needs. Past participants have created viable businesses and community projects in many different fields, including eco-tourism, garden design, workplace wellbeing, plastic waste reduction, and digital technology in water infrastructure maintenance.
Learn more about HCD.