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Social Innovation Initiative Workshop in Qatar

Custom custom executive education Social Innovation Bootcamp in Qatar.

The RCA’s Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design delivered two interdisciplinary Social Innovation Bootcamps for students at the Hamad bin Khalifa University in Doha, Qatar, from faculties as diverse as journalism, art and design, engineering, medicine and business.

“The social innovation workshops run in partnership with the HHCD and RCA, at Hamad bin Khalifa University, are building the social enterprise landscape in Qatar and the region.”

Amin N Matni Project Manager, Qatar Foundation Center of Design Innovation


Led by Rama Gheerawo, Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, these immersive week-long experiences provided an initiation into social innovation methods and practice, and gave students the opportunity to learn people-centred innovation methods to address specific social challenges around migrant worker recruitment. Modules balanced classroom learning and experiential exercises, site visits and co-creation sessions with workers, construction companies and other stakeholders alongside practical lessons based in ‘real world’ contexts. 

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Participants were inspired, challenged and empowered to use social innovation processes to solve problems and deliver solutions, irrespective of their background or core discipline and training. 


Several of the resulting ideas are being taken forward at operational and strategic levels within Qatar. One idea, ‘A place to...’, uses university grounds to host a fair for migrant workers, allowing them to consult students about health, wellbeing, visa or finance issues in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. 

The bootcamps built on social innovation tools developed specifically for the region and delivered: a cohort of practitioners; a set of methods and support framework; real-world ideas; and high-level impact. 

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Through our portfolio of innovation masterclasses and workshops, the RCA provides senior-level professionals and business leaders with critical business skills. We deliver courses for businesses, organisations and universities on design thinking, service design, creative leadership, disruptive innovation, entrepreneurship, human-centred design, artificial Intelligence and healthcare design.

We can tailor the curriculum for a day, a week, or several weeks over the course of a year with interrelated projects. Courses can be delivered online, on-campus, hybrid or at partner organisations. Previous courses have been delivered in Dubai, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Germany and Mexico.

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