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The CVE Innovation Lab (Kenya) is to enable the CVE Center for Youth Dialogue research fellows to reflect on the Centre’s 1st Quarter activity report in exchange perspectives with participants and prototype ideas intended to act as a foundation for further ideation with the CVE Centre for Youth Dialogue (Kenya), in its implementation of the 2016 Youths CVE Charter, and the further development of the Youth Engagement Strategy.

The wider connection to CVE CYD’s vision, in which Kenyan university/college students are at the center of collaborative, tech-supported P/CVE process is also central.

American Reference Centre, Bazaar Plaza, Nairobi CBD
Friday 16th June 2017,
12:00 hrs. to 15:00 hrs.

To ascertain the aims, outcomes and ethos of the project, the consultation and design process led to the design of CVE Innovation Lab (Kenya) using the international Jam model as a foundational model. Four phases of the project were considered to connect the interests and manage the expectations of all partners:

  1. Framing the process to the strategic requirements of the commissioning body, CVE Centre of Youth Dialogue (Kenya);
  2. Rooting the process in the wider context of community and needs at the local level, Kenya;
  3. Participants reimagining, designing and prototyping guided by the findings of the Centre’s 1st Quarter activity report;
  4. A post innovation lab analysis to unpack lessons learned, and identify ways in which CVE Centre of Youth Dialogue (Kenya)may incorporate ideas from the innovation lab process and prototypes.

The CVE Innovation Lab (Kenya) shall involve a number of elements to stimulate particular outcomes:
Session 1: Capacity Building
CVE Innovation Lab, in the tradition of a people-centered design process, will use the space of to guide participants through a journey of the use of media and information literacy in the P/CVE process. This will be conducted by the Centre for Media and Information Literacy (CMIL).
Session 2: Experience, empathy and focus
To allow the transition to more specific work around the CVE CYD, drawing upon the experiences of the research fellows and the participants, and enabling exchange of perspectives, including some grievance airing.
The aim is to employ a variety of sensory sensations in the exercise. Thinking, Hearing, Feeling, Doing, Saying and Seeing – built from an empathy map so that people can understand something from different angles. In this specific case, the activity is designed to gauge all these aspects using P/CVE proposition from a young person’s perspective. So, in the absence of real experience we tend to hear a stereotypical experience, which often occurs from a real place. From a young person’s point of view, some of this is very real, or based on their reality and their views should not be dismissed.
This is intended originally as a way of creating empathy around how young people tend to ‘experience’ VE in different ways. This is about real interactions, real information from people, media, what they see in the works through their friends sharing and what they think privately. We also understand that a lot of young people haven’t really thought of VE at all but interestingly, they had formed stereotypes of from TV, social media, popular culture, and political events.
Session 3: Design thinking & Prototyping
This is to support the creative process and to build/test ideas based on a particular question set. Having considered the challenges and solutions, each team will work together to employ creative techniques, to make visual representations of their chosen idea/solution to the assigned question.
Session 4: Pitching
This is to communicate ideas from the groups and elicit feedback. By pitching the prototyped ideas to the whole group, each team gains feedback and refine their idea before competing in a final ‘pitch off’. Presenting their ideas, alongside the prototypes themselves, bring several layers of value:

  1. Increased confidence and achievement;
  2. Facilitate peer learning; and
  3. Consolidate action-based thinking and design.

The pitches convey the CVE Innovation Lab (Kenya) process, which shall lead the groups from meeting as a room full of diverse strangers, through shared grievance and insight, to a set of shared, people-centered prototypes. The pitches themselves are an insight into the experiences and needs of Kenyan university students who have spent time considering the bigger picture, both from VE perspectives, and their wider peer groups.
Collation of materials, analysis and reflection.
Materials created during the sessions, alongside data and post-innovation lab debriefs will be collated as part of the analysis, feeding into the outcome report. This will be followed by an internal ideation sessions to potentially identify the integration of ideas into the CVE CYD strategy and practice if this is seen as appropriate.

The CVE Innovation Lab (Kenya) process is aimed at creating both individual and collective value, connecting directly with the 2016 Youths CVE Charter using techniques that encourage confidence building, grievance airing, peer learning, and design for action.
The sessions are expected create a shared sense of purpose across the cohort, break down barriers between diverse individuals and challenge (mis)perceptions of different Kenyan university students including increased awareness on all ‘sides’. From a practical perspective, the prototypes represent nascent solutions that will act as a starting point for further ideation for the 2nd Quarter of the CVE Centre for Youth Dialogue (Kenya)’s activities.
Insights may be categorized into two forms:

  • Practical lessons learned from the innovation lab itself; and
  • Insights gleaned from participants relating to the aims of the CVE CYD.



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