Clients: University of Toronto Scarborough, Stellenbosch University, University West

Dates: Sept-Oct 2023

The Global Classroom for Democracy Innovation (GCDI) brings together students from multiple global locations in a real-time collaborative online forum for cross-cultural engagement and global learning, rooted in design thinking. The series is framed around practically engaging with the concepts of democracy, sustainability, and inclusion; and will ask you to explore your own positionality and locality as you develop a group project proposal to be showcased at the end of the course. Participants will be empowered to leverage what is learned in the classroom to address real-life issues.

The Design Jam took take place on 5 Fridays between 29 September - 27 October 2023, incorporating design thinking to facilitate interdisciplinary student exploration and collaboration, project development, and problem-solving. It consisted of four facilitated workshops and one presentation/pitch day. Between workshops, students worked together in small global teams to expand on and test their design ideas. The Global Classroom team provided guidance and feedback to help students prepare to present their work. Groups presented projects to faculty and civil society / Global NGOs for real-world feedback.

This event was co-produced by University of Toronto, Hart House Global Commons, University of Toronto Scarborough (Canada), University West (Sweden), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), Participedia, Vancouver Design Nerds and the Cape Town Design Nerds.

Our community partners included i4Policy, Africa, The Climate Reality Project, Canada and TNKVRT, Sweden.


Jesi Carson Creative 2024
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