Without great project partners, the Design for Extreme Affordability course would not exist. Being an Extreme project partner is a big commitment, but we hope that the benefits to our partners far exceed the costs.
- Social Mission Driven
- Founded or supported by staff from the communities they work in or proven history of receiving ongoing community input
- Connected and trusted with the population they are seeking to help
- At least 1-2 yrs working in their field with well-established team
- Resourced to implement any solution that might result from a collaboration
If you know of an organization that may be a good fit and interested in engaging with a student course, please submit their name through the below form or email us at email@example.com, we would love to hear from you!
Working with Extreme
Partner Recruitment Process
Recruitment for the course occurs beginns in early September to prepare for the class that starts in early January. Here is a review of our process:
- Interested partner organizations have a brief initial phone call with teaching team to learn more about the program.
- After the phone call, if partners are excited to engage further they will be invited to complete the initial partnership form (a google survey to be shared)
- After reviewing submissions the teaching team will reach out to let organizations know if it is appropriate to move to the next stage. This next stage will include more in-depth phone calls with the teaching team to learn more about the organization and further develop a suitable project topic for the course.
- Selected final partner organizations will be visited in-person by the teaching team to introduce the program, further get to know the organization's operations and project topic (this may include site visits, community events, meeting staff, etc)
Course Timeline at a Glance
The Extreme course starts! Students develop skills before being assigned to a partner/project
Student teams are formed & matched to a partner/ project.
Feb - March
Students & partners get to know each other, the project topic, and start preparation for community involvement
Students spend significant time with community and partners on the ground (to the extent it is possible).
April - June
Students continue to work on their projects, with extensive partner interaction.
Private final presentations to partners followed by a public expo.
What do Partners Do?
- Work with Extreme staff before the class starts to identify a challenge area that could be useful to the organization and the people they serve
- Collaborate regularly with a student team from Jan. to June. The level of interaction with the student team fluctuates throughout the partnership, but at minimum requires 8-16 hrs a month, including a weekly student team meeting
- Host staff and students who visit the organization’s project sites throughout the partnership
- Serve as the main connection for students to the people and communities they are designing for
How do Partners Benefit?
- Work on an important innovation that addresses a current challenge their organization or community members are facing
- Gain exposure to a new way of problem solving through human-centered design
- Gain new insights into the needs of the population they are working to serve
What do Projects Look Like?
Over the history of the course, we've worked on projects all over the world, ranging from products or services in healthcare, environmental justice, education, housing, criminal justice, etc.
As projects for the course, we are seeking problems or opportunities that your organization:
- would be enthusiastic about and has time to support
- is interested in either implementing directly or having developed for your community
- has some foundational insight into, but just hasn’t had the time to explore further. In other words, how would you answer ‘if only we had more time or personnel, we would ...’ ?
- is not dependent on for any critical services, strategy, or strict timeline
- believes would be of real value to the community you serve. Don’t worry about it being too mundane or ordinary!
What Past Partners Say
Just wanted to say great job on this project – I’m so impressed to how much work you’ve done in such a short period of time and how critical you’re thinking about the problems in the clinic. You’re quickly becoming experts and I wish we could keep you forever!
The experience, smarts and energy of both our Extreme teams, coupled with the rigorous design process provided by the d.school, allowed for very significant leaps forward in two different areas. I really believe that the power of a Stanford/miraclefeet team will result in the development of a brace that will have significant impact on the cost and effectiveness of clubfoot treatment on a global scale. And the simple text message tool developed by the other Extreme team is practical, low cost and leverages a technology that is widely available. Both ideas will make major contributions to clubfoot treatment, which in turn will transform the lives of children around the world.
Extreme teams have the time and outside perspective to think deeply and creatively about a concept. The organizational reality for us is that we need to move fast and execute efficiently, and this creates pressure to stick with “safe” ideas. We leverage the creativity of Extreme teams to explore totally new ideas and keep us thinking outside the box.