Posted by: mhirdyounger | April 24, 2013

27 Picture Challenge

How do we build context, insights, ideas? What are the ways that we learn about a sector? One of my colleagues has written a really interesting blog post on information and learning in our work.  That post and the fact that two of AgEx’s staff are currently in their ‘immersion periods’, with the purpose of gaining context for our work and empathy for our partners, farmers and stakeholders in the agricultural sector in Ghana, has made me think a lot about learning lately. 

One of the tools that we have used in the past for learning and designing has been the  Human Centred Design Toolkit by IDEO.org, which has lots of non-traditional techniques for learning more about your sector so that you can design initiatives that are appropriate and relevant to the end user. One of these is the 27 picture challenge.

Here, I have to give the credit to my colleague Julien Beaulieu, who took this 27 pictures idea and transformed it into a way of reflecting on his own life in Ghana and sharing it with others. So with those same purposes in mind, here is an exercise I completed to learn and reflect on my own life in Ghana. 27 pictures of my life…unfortunately none from a disposable camera, some stolen from the internet and some from my past…but I think together they give you a little peak into who I am and what my life is. Completing this exercise was a good reminder of what are the main things that I see and think about in my daily life and in what ways those things do and don’t enable me to be continuously learning, building context and empathy in my work and in our initiatives. 

Miriam

So this is the 27-pictures Challenge:

– Find one photo corresponding to each of the following categories
– Use a maximum of 27 words to describe.

1-4: pictures of me

5: my pocket/purse

6: what i wear on my feet
7: where i live
8: where i work
9: where i sleep
10: what i see when i step outside
11: where i shop
12: what i bought for 1 cedi
13: my favorite drink (star)
14: my favorite food
15: you can only find this in ghana
16: i wish i had this
17: i spend most of my time here
18: something i need
19: someone i love
20: where i relax
21: where i spend time with friends
22: someone i respect
23: beautiful to me
24: something i worry about
25: something i am proud of
26: something i want to improve
27: i use this every day

Here’s my challenge

1-4: pictures of me

The apple that fell on my head, result of all my brilliant ideas?!

The apple that fell on my head, result of all my brilliant ideas?!

A bit of washing before work

A bit of washing before work

EWBers, recognize the Francis Kung fanclub shirt?

EWBers, recognize the Francis Kung fanclub shirt?

You may not recognize me here, on my family sheep farm back home.

You may not recognize me here, on my family sheep farm back home.

5: my pocket/purse

Too heavy...water, snacks, computer, notebook, pens, markers, lots of cords...

Too heavy…water, snacks, computer, notebook, pens, markers, lots of cords…

6: what i wear on my feet

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7: where i live

Home Sweet Home!

Home Sweet Home!

8: where i work

My desk

My desk

9: where i sleep

Always sleep with a mosquito net

Always sleep with a mosquito net

10: what i see when i step outside

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11: where i shop

Kejitia & Central Market - the trick? Always follow the flow of people

Kejitia & Central Market – the trick? Always follow the flow of people

12: what i bought for 1 cedi

A new sole for my shoe!

A new sole for my shoe!

13: my favorite drink

Cold beer by the ocean

Cold beer by the ocean

14: my favourite food

I still love potlucks more than any other meal.

I still love potlucks more than any other meal.

15: you can only find this in ghana

Dumso dumso

Dumso dumso

16: i wish i had this

Need to get some boots for the field, I only wear runners

Need to get some boots for the field, I only wear runners

17: i spend most of my time here

Kwadaso Agricultural College, Kumasi

Kwadaso Agricultural College, Kumasi

18: something i need

More time by the pool!

More time by the pool!

19: someone i love

My Dad will always be an inspiration to me, standing for social justice, never being ok with standing by as wrongs are committed, always being curious and investing in our community.

My Dad will always be an inspiration to me, standing for social justice, never being ok with standing by as wrongs are committed, always being curious and investing in our community.

20: where i relax

I love a walk out my back fields.

I love a walk out my back fields.

21: where i spend time with friends

Lunch on my porch

Lunch on my porch with Heather

22: someone i respect

Clement Akurugo, a lecturer at Damongo Agricultural College. EWB has worked with Clement and invested in his leadership capacity, he is a passionate change agent in the extension sector in Ghana.

Clement Akurugo, a lecturer at Damongo Agricultural College. EWB has worked with Clement and invested in his leadership capacity, he is a passionate change agent in the extension sector in Ghana.

23: beautiful to me

I love cloth in Ghana sooo much!

I love cloth in Ghana sooo much!

24: something i worry about

Unpredictable flooding of rivers, farmers losing their crops...lack of ithe services and information farmers require to have sustainable livelihoods from their farms.

Unpredictable flooding of rivers, farmers losing their crops…lack of the services and information farmers require to have sustainable livelihoods from their farms.

25: something i am proud of

Lecturers making commitments to their students in an EWB facilitated training on participatory teaching methodologies.

Lecturers making commitments to their students in an EWB facilitated training on participatory teaching methodologies.

26: something i want to improve

Plastic everyone, sachets and plastic bags, burning plastic...

Plastic everyone, sachets and plastic bags, burning plastic…

27: i use this every day

Unfortunately, my computer

Unfortunately, my computer

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