Love the Problem, Not the Solution

One important aspect of developing powerful solutions to solve difficult problems is the depth of understanding of the problem from the beneficiaries’ perspective and other important stakeholders such as potential customers and partners. If we don't have a deep understanding of the underlying needs of the stakeholders and beneficiaries connected to the problem, we might still develop great ideas, but they won't solve the problems. It is crucial to develop and refine skills that help us understand and address the needs and rapid changes in our beneficiaries' and customers’ environments and behaviors. If you want to succeed, invest time to get to know your customers and beneficiaries and their realities and make sure you are delivering them real value.

What Is Design Thinking?

Design thinking is a process for creative problem solving. It is a non-linear, iterative way of working that teams use to understand beneficiaries and customers, challenge assumptions, redefine problems, and create innovative solutions to prototype and test.

Here are some resources we recommend to equip and strengthen your teams' design thinking skills.




How Reach for Change Integrates Design Thinking in the Toolkits Platform

In our support to social entrepreneurs as well as in our toolkits, Reach for Change encourages a learning mindset approach anchored in design thinking processes. We believe it is important to integrate design thinking as a mindset and way of working throughout the different phases of developing and scaling a social innovation. It enables a culture of reflection, learning, and innovation within the organization. Studies show that teams that consistently dedicate time to reflection and evaluation increase their effectiveness by 25%.

Learning Loops Integrated in Action Points

A learning loop system is incorporated in the Action Points of each milestone in the Toolkits platform. The learning loop consists of the design, test, and improve phases. Each Action Point is linked to one of the three phases.