Tahan-tahanan Toys

Tahan-tahanan is a halfway house for indigent young patients with chronic illnesses. They needed our help to think of new programs for the parents and patients, more meaningful than the typical outreach programs they hold. We wanted to dig deeper, and empathize with the parents and patients, to facilitate interactions that served their needs.

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Habi is the Filipino act of weaving indigenous fabrics, valued for their intricate patterns and sturdy craftsmanship. Likewise, I see the lab as weaving together a masterpiece, one stitch at a time.

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A Lesson on Empathy

With what’s going on now–political tensions, war on drugs, terrorism– I am pushed to explore ways on how to arm our students with a proper understanding of our world. The dark times we face should empower us to teach beyond content and encourage our students to make things better; be aware yet stay optimistic.

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The immersion taught the fellows to be open, to take a beginner’s perspective in project development, and to really take into consideration what communities need instead of what we think they need.

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Design Thinking with HANDs Project

We designed and facilitated a 5-day Design Thinking intensive for the HANDs Project Fellows, a project by Japan Foundation that aims to bring together creatives all over Asia to collaborate on disaster education initiatives.

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Harvard Alumni for Education Podcast

How can we leverage design thinking to enhance education quality in resource-starved, developing communities such as those in the Philippines? In this episode, Habi Education Lab Founder Gerson Abesamis talks about how the start-up uses small design thinking workshops and collaborative lesson prototyping in a professional development program for teachers, resulting in innovative learning experiences in classrooms across the Philippines.

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Design Thinking with Museo Pambata

In celebration of National Teachers Month 2016, we partnered with Museo Pambata to hold a free Design Thinking workshop for teachers. Our participants learned the principles of design thinking and how to apply these to their lessons.

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Tips for Testing Prototypes

Essentially, we’re transforming the participants’ role into co-designers. User testing sessions, prototype showcase, gallery walks, feedback sessions, whatever you call them–are very powerful tools to engage communities and share with them the ownership of a solution.

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Teacher-made Prototypes

Two-day workshops allow teachers to use the HABI process in solving real problems in their schools, producing ideas and prototypes at the end of the workshop. It makes the learning experience meaningful and productive, giving participants a feeling of achievement.

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