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Featured experiential Education Project


HELIO | July 2016

Featured experiential Education Project


HELIO | July 2016

The Challenge

Leaders in the academic and social sector from Japan and the United States were interested in developing an innovative custom program that brought students from around the world together to ask the question: what would the  ‘redesigning higher education’ in Japan look like? Ashoka Japan asked Partners at D/O to bring HELIO - the Human Ecology Lab and Island Odyssey- to life.  In the span of 10 days, across three locales in the Hiroshima Prefecture, the team worked with Ashoka Fellows, the Local Community and students to bring design thinking and leadership workshops to embolden students to design a solution and presenting those possible solutions to the local governments and communities. 

The Data.

  • 100% of students and staff said they felt holistically supported throughout the entire custom program by DSIL leads.
  • 94 % of students said that they felt like the DSIL consistently modeled what they taught both in leadership and design.
  • 94% of students and staff stated that the DSIL leads were: Flexible,  highly experienced, resourceful.
  • 93% of students said they felt confident to use design thinking in their own communities after the course. 

"I was continually surprised at the ability of Katy and Courtney to draw personal experiences from the team that helped us to connect further in such a short time."

"The DSIL team were simply present all the time and so willing to talk and help when we needed it—and I'm so grateful! You are also all very qualified and intelligent, but it is really your caring that stood out most for me. Thank you."

WHY D/O

Partners at D/O loved developing the HELIO Program with a diverse team- including the full program design and skills building workshops. They ensured content could be translated to hands-on practice and they provided layered learning experiences with engaging facilitation methods that included all of the students in the discussion at every point. Partners also provided one on one coaching for students so that individual progress and exploration  could take shape through-out the days.  The DSIL team all started as eduators, and are rooted in that passion with all of thier work.