Deepthi Welaratna

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Emerging Tools for Community-Driven Evaluations

Last year, I had the opportunity to take part in “Designing Evaluations For What Communities Value,” a meeting organized by the Institute of Medicine’s Collaborative on Global Chronic Disease along with Thicket Advisor Pritpal S Tamber. The meeting brought together people trying to think differently about community-driven health programs. Our key questions were:…

Healthcare Innovation Starts with Community

Thicket advisor Pritpal S Tamber explores the future of health through his work, and this week, he talks to AJ Montpetit of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation in an audio interview about how we approach innovation within health care. The importance of listening to communities cannot be undervalued, and…

Thicket is hiring

We’re keeping an eye out for a talented data scientist fluent in Java to join our team here in New York. We are hoping to find a creative researcherData_Scientist_Thicket who is excited to aid the development of social science research tools and practices. Take a look at the job posting,…

Thicket Joins the ThoughtWorks Community

Thicket has been a Brooklyn baby from its inception. But starting this week, that changes: Thicket is moving to Manhattan, thanks to our generous host, ThoughtWorksNYC! Built by passionate individuals, ThoughtWorks revolutionizes software design, creation and delivery while advocating for positive social change. ThoughtWorkers around the world believe in the…

We need more creative research design

In 1981, a curiously profound experience took place in a converted monastery in New Hampshire. Psychologist Ellen Langer brought together eight men in their 70s to embody their earlier selves in an setting designed to evoke the year 1959. For five days, the men treated 1959 as their present. Before…

Thicket turns one!

This month marks Thicket’s one year anniversary! As many of you know, I launched Thicket one year ago believing that design could facilitate social change, and systemic scale was possible. In February of last year, I started inviting like-minded individuals to collaborate to bring these ideas into reality. By summer, we…

Using chocolate treats to teach children about inequality

Anyone with experience of working or living with children will know their ability to detect injustice is highly developed – “but it’s not fair” is a regular refrain. However we rarely ask them to channel this natural flair for fairness into productive and critical discussion about the nature of equality,…

Small Steps: A documentary on design for early childhood systems

In South Carolina, one think tank is taking a fresh approach to redesigning the complex systems that surround children and their families. Last year, the Institute for Child Success embarked on a special exploration of the potential for design thinking to tackle complex, systems-level challenges in early childhood health and…

Mobile Learning Futures

DML’s S. Craig Watkins writes that technology is abundant in many schools — computers, digital video, tablets, graphics applications, and video editing and game authoring software. But school districts often seriously limit the ability of teachers and students to use the technology to truly transform learning.

Happy holidays from us!

As 2014 comes to a close, the Thicket team is off to spend the holidays with family and friends and celebrate our progress this year. A quick recap of 2014: January: Thicket launches with a feature in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. February: Team recruitment begins. March: Thicket incorporates as an LLC. April:…

Math & Science Tell Us

We position math and science as independent arbiters of truth. Let’s not forget who is really doing the talking. Motherboard is a great place to get a little breather during the workday. That’s where I stumbled across an article about “A Typology of Street Patterns,” a new study published in…