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ARTICLE | The Power of Prototyping

Articles, Community Innovation, Prototyping

To create change we need not have all the answers up front. Instead, the act of creating prototypes and testing them in real-world conditions can help us learn the answers we need along the way.

In this article, Galen MacLusky uses the example of Grameen bank to discuss how prototyping helps us to move our ideas forward without trying to get everything right the first time. This process acknowledges that we can never develop a complete solution to a social problem through analysis alone – we need to try things, create things, and learn from how our community reacts. 

Galen MacLusky

By Galen MacLusky

Galen is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Community Innovation Idea Area. He is passionate about working with community organizations to help build and scale new ideas that deepen their impact. An experienced design, innovation, and co-creation consultant, at the core of his work are approaches that help organizations engage with those who are impacted by their services and test new programs and services with minimal investment. Over the past five years, Galen has used these approaches to help Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations across North America reinvent the services and programs they provide.

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