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The diaTribe Foundation

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Cross-sector collaboration

Ideation via design thinking methods

Session design and facilitation

Hope for Diabetes: Convening leaders across sectors to envision new systems-level solutions

The diaTribe Foundation retained Open Impact founders Heather McLeod Grant and Alexa Cortes Culwell, with Lisa Kay Solomon, to design and facilitate its inaugural d16: Executive Innovation Lab on Diabetes, held over 3 days in January 2016. 

d16 engaged leaders across diverse sectors to produce innovative, systems-level solutions that could reduce the societal burden of diabetes, heighten the urgency and need for action around the epidemic, and bring a new way of thinking into the diabetes ecosystem. In a highly interactive session design, participants joined in collaborative workshops to offer innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges in type 2 diabetes. Forty-two participants attended d16, including prominent medical professionals, entrepreneurs, manufacturing leaders, policy-oriented healthcare experts, academics, tech leaders, government decision makers, educators, media experts, food and nutrition scholars, and philanthropists.

 
 

Many of the ideas proposed are not new. What is new is the way of thinking regarding how they are connected to other approaches, and how various components of the diabetes ecosystem can work together to implement and scale the ideas.

d16 participants analyzed the diabetes ecosystem and identified bright spots and gaps, summarized in The Consensus of Ideas output report. What is currently successful in diabetes, what needs improvement, and what could be scalable? Many of the ideas proposed are not new. What is new is the way of thinking regarding how they are connected to other approaches, and how various components of the diabetes ecosystem can work together to implement and scale the ideas. These innovative solutions address the underlying causes of diabetes across the ecosystem, beginning the conversation on how to break down the silos that have long stunted progress in diabetes. We believe the result will be greater impact, which includes both a strong return on investment for funders, and the improved health of our communities.

Portions excerpted from The Consensus of Ideas from the diatribe Foundation. Read the full report on Medium.com.