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Global Issues Design Challenge - Cambodia

Global Issues Design Challenge - Cambodia

Build your skills to change the world on a week-long (remote) adventure to Cambodia. Meet the local team and learn about Cambodia’s work to tackle the issues of gender equality. Then, using IDEO’s Design Thinking framework, collaborate with your team of Rustic students from around the globe to identify a specific problem and develop and pitch a solution.

Inequality between genders in economic and social realms is a persistent and powerful problem in achieving sustainable development. Gender norms in Cambodian society have centuries-old roots, and women face constraints on their ability to participate as equal partners in social, political, and economic realms. Where women represent 51 percent of the population, only 12 percent of all elected candidates are women. This is an issue where women are significantly under-represented. You’ll learn about the struggles women face in Cambodia in getting equal access to power. You’ll gain insight into the successes and obstacles still ahead. It will provide you an opportunity to reflect on gender issues at home and around the world and to understand the power we all have to create change.

During the Global Issues Design Challenge, you will:

  • Be empowered to take real action at a time when the world is ready for change.
  • Develop creative thinking skills, grow as a global citizen, and have practiced thinking about systems for change.
  • Network with like-minded Rustic Pathways students and staff, and experts from around the world.
  • Apply a Design Thinking framework with your team to quickly iterate creative solutions.
  • Earn a 15 hour Community Impact Certificate reflecting the time spent on the program.
  • Build something to brag about on your college transcript.
Program Profile
Program Profile

Your Rustic program leaders will guide you on this learning journey, and local experts will join to share context and insights. You and your team will drive the learning journey, diving into your burning questions about how these critical issues impact our world, and where your passions and interests connect with creating meaningful change.

Join our Cambodia team and learn about the human, economic, and cultural impacts of gender inequalities. You’ll become more aware of the situation and also become self-aware in ways we can all fight for equality in our various corners of the world. You’ll apply your critical thinking skills to design creative ways to empower people and combat gender inequality.

Weekly Overview

Monday : Empathize – Live interaction with the Cambodia country team. Learn about gender inequality and local culture.
Tuesday : Define– Get to know your Rustic Pathways program leader and team of Rustic students. Further discussions help you build further background knowledge.
Wednesday : Ideate – Brainstorm ideas with your team for how you might combat gender inequality. The sky’s the limit here!!!!
Thursday : Prototype & Test – Work with your group to flesh out your solution concept and plan your final presentation.
Friday : Present – Live presentations of your plans! The team with the best plan wins Rustic gear!