US Training Video Feed

A collection of videos from the US Training Institute (September 19 – October 1, 2009).

7 minute overview

Outward Bound
GCY Fellows participate in an all-day team building training facilitated by Outward Bound.

Center for Creative Leadership

GCY Fellows are asked to create an artistic interpretation of leadership.

Dr. David Abernethy on International Development (Part 1)
Stanford Professor, David Abernethy holds a session on the fundamentals of international development. Topics in Part 1 include measurement, the environmental consequences of development, and how the American ethos of “change and progress” may be received by communities around the world.

Dr. David Abernethy on International Development (Part 2)

“Get a notebook, start a page, call it “questions to answer in college”, you will enter college not just with a sense of what you want to do, but a list of 58 questions to answer – You’ll be miles ahead.” – Professor David Abernethy

Joel Segre on Social Innovation and Design
Joel Segre presents on design and implementation challenges when aligning multiple stakeholders to deliver life effective malaria meds in Tanzania.

Joel Segre on “Product Design For the Other 90%”

Joel Segre holds a session with the GCY Fellows on product design and business models for social impact. In this session, each group of Fellows was given a product and tasked with calculating both the product’s potential for social impact and profitability. Each group then had to defend their placement on the chart.

More on the session from Fellow, Gaya Morris: During our session with Joel Segre on “social impact” (might have been called something else) we were given a series of photographs of innovative devices which have been invented to alleviate poverty in the developing world. Among them was a 100 dollar computer, reading glasses, a cell phone charging station, a bike that purifies water while petaling, and a portable irrigation device. We then debated where to place them on a graph which had two axes, one for social impact and one for profitability. In order to place each device, we had to think about the factors that in each case would enable or hinder the impact of the device. A purifying drinking straw for example was determined to be a complete mistake for two main reasons: it requires women to get down on their knees in a river bed which is undignified, and it can’t be used by infants which are the main victims of water-borne diseases. This device was on the cover of a design magazine. Removed from the realities of the developing world, any average designer here in the United States might not prioritize the dignity of African women when looking for solutions to their water problem, but it is an essential factor, and I think this is a perfect example of the insights that we will gain during the coming year, that will allow us to pursue a path of making real change in the world.

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