frog’s fieldwork in Africa with the Nike Foundation revealed the need for a universal framework that empowers communities of all shapes and sizes to find and design their own solutions to any problem, any time.
“Foundations and NGOs that we’ve talked to have been excited about using the CAT because they don’t have accessible tools like this that they can adapt, provide to their communities, and say ‘Take this and run with it.’”
With simple vocabulary and concrete insights into how to build a team, carry out research, and develop solutions, the CAT distills design-thinking down to essential building blocks. The result is a stand-alone resource designed to lead anyone, anywhere through the problem-solving process, to any problem, any time.
Rather than providing a step-by-step list, the CAT reflects the dynamic nature of problem-solving with a 72-page non-linear booklet of activities, each of which ends with a return to the project’s core focus: helping users maintain clear goals and make change happen.
To support the rebuilding of a democratic Myanmar, frog worked with pointB, a locally-based design-thinking center for community engagement. The team developed a 6-month CAT-based curriculum that fosters the development of a new generation of leaders equipped to tackle their communities’ social issues.
The Collective Action Toolkit is launched after six months of continuous refinement and prototyping.
The CAT wins a bronze International Design Excellence Award (IDEA).
The CAT’s impact continues to grow, with unofficial translations in progress in Italian, German, Pashto, Portuguese, Ethiopian, Amharic, Sinhalese and Tamil. Following extensive feedback, frog introduces a newly improved CAT.
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