Global Youth Climate Summit - A Collaboration with Stanford Center for Deliberative Democracy Starts July 12
Global Issues Design Challenge - Thailand

Global Issues Design Challenge - Thailand

Dates: Coming Soon

Build your skills to change the world on a week-long (remote) adventure to Thailand. Meet the local team and learn about Thailand’s work to tackle the issues of public health access. 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.

Being one of the few countries among developing countries that provides its citizens with Universal Health Care Coverage, the Thai government always considers its healthcare system as quite developed and progressive. However, our experience working with many marginalized communities, especially those located in remote areas, reveals that Thailand’s healthcare system is universal but unequal. Good quality health centers are mostly located in big cities. Ethnic minority groups are among those who have been discriminated against when they get medical treatment due to their social status and different spoken language.

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 the Thailand team and learn about unequal social inequality and disparity of development in Thailand, national policy on the healthcare system, and participation from the public.  Students will get to reflect on the U.S. system where Universal Health Coverage hasn’t been implemented. They will get to reflect on the privileges they have then understand better those who don’t, further discuss which groups in society are the most vulnerable, and how unequal social structure determines access to good healthcare.

Weekly Overview

Monday : Empathize – Live interaction with the Thailand country team. Learn about access to healthcare and inequalities.
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 improve healthy outcomes. 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!