Lancfound Blog

National grant will help us use Design Thinking locally

We believe that Lancaster County has a lot of things going right.

At the same time, we’re in an information environment where we can all hear what we want to hear. At the Community Foundation we continue to ask ourselves “How do we break out of our echo chamber? How do we engage with, listen to, and learn from individuals across our community with unique and important perspectives?”

Today, we’re excited to announce that we will be part of a new way of learning to support our community: the Knight Community Information Labs.  We have been invited to be part of a nationwide learning cohort and have direct coaching and support from the Knight Foundation and their expert from IDEO, the human-centered design pioneers.

We have already been working to connect more deeply with individuals across our community through things like At the Table. In fact, one of primary messages we heard was that individuals want to be more involved, they want to know what is happening in our community.

Now, this unique opportunity will allow us to work with other foundations from across the nation to gain essential skills in bringing people together, creating space for civic dialogue, and learning from each other to find solutions to local challenges.

We’re looking forward to working with you on this journey of deeper connection and bridging gaps in our community. The lab is an 18 month human-centered design training where we will be testing new ideas and looking for your input.

We don’t quite know where this is going to go or what it will look like. But we’re OK with that.  What we do know, is that this community has the ideas, talent, know-how, and spirit to bring together our best ideas for a stronger future for all of us.

Want to get involved with this project?