Ideate for Impact: Healthy Cities  

Ideate for Impact: Healthy Cities

By 2050, 66% of the world’s population will live in cities. According to the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, managing these increasingly populated areas has become “one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century.” And this rapid population shift to urban centres is expected to put pressure on healthcare systems around the world.

Now more than ever, we need to mobilize towards developing cities with health as a top-of-mind component of city living. And that’s where Ideate for Impact: Healthy Cities comes in.

Curated in collaboration with Dr. Rajesh Aggarwal, a passionate advocate for reinventing the way healthcare is delivered and a past C2 Montréal speaker, the program will leverage participants’ creativity, smarts and connections to tackle the subject of health in our cities.

Dr. Rajesh Aggarwal, MD, Ph.D, FACS, is a surgeon and academic professor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Learn more about Dr. Aggarwal in the C2 Montréal 2017 Minutes, or listen to the C2 Podcast episode featuring him.

Who needs to be there

Everyone. No need to be a healthcare professional, nor a city planner: great solutions emerge when people from different backgrounds come together.

What to expect

Ideate for Impact programs allow participants to dive deep into the ways in which organizations can contribute to solving social challenges using design thinking methodology. With a thorough understanding of their goals and the obstacles they face, participants are invited to put their heads together and share their expertise in order to help select non-governmental organizations create positive change. Gear up for three tailored, hands-on Workshops – one per day – and expect to find out that it doesn’t take deep pockets to make a positive difference.

The non-governmental organizations 

  • Youth Empowering Parents, a nonprofit that meets the educational needs of immigrant adults by developing youth into effective teachers
  • Mark Brand, a digital platform committed to food security, education and employment for marginalized people and communities
  • Cohere, a branding agency that transforms unused spaces

Healthy Cities: the program

Day 1: Lead with empathy

  • Learn and practice design research methods (interviews, day-in-the-life and observations) as a means of empathizing with the experience of city dwellers
  • Articulate and challenge your assumptions, uncover insights and use them to frame a design challenge that will guide you through the workshops

Day 2: Framing opportunities and prototyping ideas

  • Brainstorm creative solutions that empower the organizations to overcome their challenges
  • Prototype one idea and receive feedback from experts and those who might benefit from it
  • Learn how to better iterate your ideas and challenge your biases

Day 3: Pitch and commit to positive impact

  • Finalize and present your best idea to the organizations and reflect on your experience together
  • Map out ways to enable each of us to use human-centred design to create an impact on the development our cities

How to sign up

Participants can register for Supporting refugees by emailing or contacting their Concierge Extraordinaire. If you have questions, feel free to ask them through email as well.

Keep your eyes peeled for an email invitation to register for activities and be (very) quick on your feet: Ideate for impact programs welcome 48 participants each.