Gerson Abesamis

Two-way Learning

Two-way Learning

“When one teaches, two learn.” It is this dialogue, this two-way learning relationship, that also motivates us as teacher-educators. In our numerous Design Thinking workshops for teachers, not only do we teach, but we also learn. The discussions, activities, and worksheets are learning opportunities, not just for the participants, but for ourselves too.

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Tahan-tahanan Toys

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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Designing Habi's Design Principles

Designing Habi's Design Principles

After a busy year of everything from “one time” design thinking workshops and larger, long-term collaborations, we spent some time last December designing our internal systems for a change.

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The Good Movement

The Good Movement

Habi is the Filipino act of weaving indigenous fabrics, valued for their intricate patterns and sturdy craftsmanship. Likewise, I see the lab as weaving…

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A Lesson on Empathy

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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HANDs Project 2016

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…

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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…

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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…

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Tips for Testing Prototypes

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

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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DIY / Design it Yourself

DIY / Design it Yourself

Our workshop objective started out simple: to give the teachers confidence in making their own materials. Whether to produce posters to decorate classrooms, or to enhance the look of their lecture slides, teachers are always looking for new ways to design their tools and environments to improve their teaching.

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