In collaboration with Škola dokorán – Wide Open School n. o., a nonprofit dedicated to community development and especially Peter Strážik, the headmaster of the elementary school in Spišský Hrhov we were working on the challenges of early childhood development of children in adversity. During the 6 weeks intensive workshop we had the opportunity to talk with such experts as
Head of the Kindergarten Club at the Real Pearl Foundation's "Tanoda" program
Special education teacher, 'tanoda' teacher at the Real Pearl Foundation
Senior Specialist of Innovator Supports at the Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
Headmaster of the Primary School and Preschool in Spíšský Hrhov
Founder and Director of Liminal
Founder of Naše školstvo
At the end of the workshop 3 teams presented their project proposals to jury and stakeholders. "These proposals brought a lot of insights to me. They represent a new perspective to the challenge I'm facing here in Spišský Hrhov. If I could I would implement all of them starting tomorrow." - said Peter Strážik at the end of the presentations.
We hope that these ideas will serve as inspiration to early childhood development professionals, local, regional and national administration and designers. We believe that change is possible and it requires a close collaboration of all parties involved.
Below you will find soon the projects developed during this workshop.
How might we encourage Roma mothers to enrol their children into preschool for the whole day?
The Pre preschool is aimed at parents and kids up to 4 years old. It’s a program that eases and supports the transition from home to school education.
Innovation Accelerator & Leadership Coach
Noelle is an explorer of the human experience. She has worked as a designer, innovator, inventor, and coach, and has built and led cross-functional teams in hardware, software, and service design as a consultant, in-house for start-ups, and in-house with some big brands. Currently, she guides leaders and organizations of people to discover their inner champions to achieve their visions.
Pascal is a strategic designer based in Lausanne Switzerland. His work is focused on the orientation of people in their exploration of different futures. Pascal's approach mixes an ethnographic enquiry of people with the foresight practice of horizon scanning. He is also the founder of Whispers & Giants, a strategic discovery agency helping organisations succeed in the early phase of innovation journeys. In parallel, he teaches the discovery process in universities and business schools.
Product Designer, Assistant Professor at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
Michala is a designer working along boundaries of product and experience design. She leads commissioned research projects at the Institute of Design at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. Since 2013 she is a managing director of collaborative platform Flowers for Slovakia, focused on promotion of Slovak design abroad. In 2017 she has co-founded hardware startup Benjamin button.
Co-founder of Change Pilots
Designer, researcher, and initiator of the ideas. Creates processes, experiences and visual systems that allow brands, organizations, and events communicate integral value offered to their users. Her experience comes from working with design studios, product and service companies as well as design and culture centers in Paris, Helsinki, New York, and across Poland. Passionate about sustainable development, Human-Centered Design, and mindfulness.
Anna is a designer in UX, information and graphic design. She likes to observe and research topics connected with society, city and environment. She is passionate about design theory in Central Europe and Slovakia. She likes complex and meaningful projects where she can help to analyse, ideate and use visualisation to understand problems. Currently working as freelancer on projects in Slovak culture, design and environment. She co-works with strategic design and innovation company Stride XL in the Czech Republic.
Project Lead and Community Developer
Ella is currently working as a Project Lead and Community Developer for social and environmental consultancy Liminal. Her academic and work background spans psychosocial research, international development, migrant’s rights advocacy, youth mentorship, women’s empowerment and public health, with equity and justice the thread that ties them together. Ella is a DJ and radio host and puts on parties with her community sound-system cooperative.
Talent Management Designer
Šárka helps organizations to create a supportive, value-driven environment for the growth of human potential. She guides them through innovations, cultural change, design of development programs, hiring, and onboarding processes. Her background is in adult education and experiential learning, she works with a Czech design studio Court of Moravia, which draws on design thinking, human-centered design, and game design.
Gábor is a UX team lead and product designer at Emarsys (part of SAP). He spends most of his time there facilitating a common understanding between teams and improving design processes. He’s the co-founder of MOME ID, one of the most acknowledged product design courses in Hungary where he’s a course leader, lecturer and mentor. With the MOME ID team, he’s been running design camps since 2016 dealing with non-digital co-creation, design thinking, speculative design & service design.
Industrial Design/ Speculative Design
Dominika is a designer, researcher and social innovator based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She works at the intersection of social design and environmental transitions, focusing on creating balanced connections between human-made and natural systems. User experience researcher passionate about psychology. Explorer, looking for connections between the urban and rural tomorrows.
Zuzka is alumni of the leadership program Teach for Slovakia, she has cooperated with the Slovak Research Institute of Child Psychology and Pathopsychology and she is the founder of Naše školstvo - NGO that works on creating a development network of BBSK elementary schools.
Senior Specialist, Innovator Supports
As Senior Specialist of Innovator Supports at the Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University, Melanie oversees the ongoing development of the Center’s innovator support offerings including the IDEAS Impact Framework and ScienceXDesign. Melanie brings extensive experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs to support young children and families facing adversity, and she’s passionate about helping innovators in the early childhood field use information and data to achieve better outcomes. She holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium.
special education teacher, 'tanoda' teacher at the Real Pearl Foundation
Julcsi has worked in the model village of the Foundation, in Told for 6 years. She joined at the very beginning of the Tanoda program during her university years as a volunteer. She now works with children from the age of 3 to 18, but her focus area is early childhood development, especially preschool programs and motor skill development.
Head of the Kindergarten Club at the Real Pearl Foundation's "tanoda" program
Dorottya works as a teacher, mentor and communication specialist for non-governmental organizations working for Roma inclusion and equal opportunities in Hungary. Her main areas of expertise are reading motivation, mother tongue development, she currently works mainly with the 3-4- year-old age group. She strongly believes that the for-profit and non-profit sectors could learn a lot from each other.
Stanislav is a Roma activist with many years of experience in promoting equal education rights for Roma children in Slovakia and internationally. He worked for the European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw. He cooperated on several pieces of research and analytical reports on the state of education for the Open Society Foundations and until recently coordinated an international network of professionals working with the youngest Roma children Romani Early Years Network in the Netherlands. He currently works for a philanthropic company based in Vienna.
Peter is the headmaster of a school in Spišský Hrhov, Slovakia. Peter was one of the first headmasters in Slovakia to introduce an inclusive school curriculum. He works as a senior expert for community programmes at Škola dokorán - Wide Open School, n.o. He has participated in many projects in the field of inclusive education and in the care and education of preschool children.
Roland Harwood is a compulsive connector of people and ideas. As a successful serial entrepreneur, he is currently Founder and Director of Liminal, a new venture currently in development. Prior to that he was Co-Founder and Managing Director at 100%Open, the multi award-winning open innovation agency that works with the likes of LEGO, Ford, UBS, Oxfam and in 25+ countries around the world to co-innovate with their partners.