Finding local social impact challenges to solve
15 min / 30 min
Potential tool for lecturers to figure out possible areas to tackle with students
Lectures, Students and Local Communities
Breakout rooms in Teams, Zoom, with a Miro/Mural board, Gather town
1 Start with the GOAL section, by defining WHO will be the subject of the Empathy Map and a goal: something they need to DO. This should be framed in terms of an observable behavior.
2 Once you have clarified the goal, work your way clockwise around the canvas, until you have covered Seeing, Saying, Doing, and Hearing. The reason for this is that the process of focusing on observable phenomena (Things that they see, say, do and hear) is like walking a mile in their shoes. It gives us a chance to imagine what their experience might be like, to give us a sense of what it “feels like to be them.”
3 Only AFTER you have made the circuit of outside elements do you focus on what’s going on inside their head. The large head in the center is one of the most important aspects of the map’s design.
4 As you/your students learn more about the who you are empathising with i.e. the beneficiaries of the digital social impact course, revisit your empathy map canvas and update it with your new learnings and insights. It is a powerful tool to use in the design phase which can be used across Delivery and Reflection too.