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Nurturing storytellers and innovators is so much more than technical skilling.  Before people are ready to tell their stories or design solutions, they have to believe that they matter, and are worth sharing. Alison has designed workshops and programs to empower communities to take charge of their own storytelling and problem solving. 


Working with new Americans at the International Institute of Akron, Ohio (USA)

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Hackathon designed to empower 1,200 youth across India with design thinking and problem-solving skills.  Created in partnership with Project DEFY, Design For Change India, YuWaah, & Unicef.

Participants identified problems in their communities and created solutions together using design thinking. 


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The FLITE program re-imagines the family as a learning unit.  It's a low-tech, low-cost offline learning program via telephone, designed and piloted during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Bangalore, India & Kigali, Rwanda

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Intensive, two-track virtual program for college students to build solutions for problems in their community using design thinking principles.  The first track takes students from idea to prototype and the second, from prototype to MVP & venture plan. 


The Front Page Workshop is a unique experience where communities self-document; creating their own front page instead of accepting existing media interpretations.

Arrah, Bihar &

Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh

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Soul Play community event in Chennai, India

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Workshops on Media, Ethics, and Journalism conducted at:

- NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York

- ISART Digital, Paris

- Madras School of Art, Chennai

- Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communications, Pune

- Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore

Around the world

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Facilitating a cross-cultural collaboration between seventh-generation Pattachitra artisans and animators, musicians, and contemporary artists

West Bengal, India

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