Civil Society, Social Groups and Communities
Philippa Mullins is a researcher at the London School of Economics. Her PhD looks at civil society activity around disability in present-day Russia. She holds an MSc with Distinction in Social Policy (Research) from the LSE and a BA in Modern Languages (French and Russian) from the University of Oxford. She has previously worked as a researcher at the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, Policy Lab at the UK Cabinet Office, and in various NGOs based primarily in Russia and the UK. This is the second year that she will be teaching with Prowibo, having taught the course on civil society at the African Rural University in Uganda in 2017. Philippa is also an avid fencer currently on the Great Britain Senior Women‘s Fencing team. She will be teaching a course titled “Understanding Civil Society” at Karamat Girl’s P.G. College in August 2018.
The course aims at introducing students to critical discussions around civil society and teaching them to assess its role and potential strengths and weaknesses in various contexts. Students will improve their ability to use academic literature by learning to relate theoretical material to concrete examples from their own knowledge and experience. They will strengthen communication and presentation skills and individual confidence by working in groups, taking part in simulations, and debating civil society’s various opportunities and difficulties.
Communicating for Impact
Rachel Warnick is an Education Consultant who has worked around the world teaching students and staff to develop their communication and English skills. She is currently working in Kazakhstan, teaching English as a Foreign Language to youths and adults. Previously, Rachel taught in Mauritius where her class on “Communicating for Impact” focused on the soft skills needed to communicate effectively in all situations. Rachel has a Master of Science in International Management from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She earned her BA in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto, where she graduated with High Distinction. She is passionate about empowering students and making education exciting for each individual. Her course for the 2018 program at Karamat College in entitled “Communicate, Connect, Convince”. This two-week highly-interactive class will focus on communication skills, particularly those used in conveying your message or selling yourself or product.
The course is a discovery of the world of communications. Some of the main themes that will be covered in the class are:
•Telling your story
•Building your personal brand
Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship
Till Koch is a returning for his second year with Professors Without Borders. Along with Philippa, he taught at the all-women’s African Rural University in Uganda in 2017. He currently works for the design consultancy DMI, where he helps companies with business design, prototyping and research in Barcelona, Spain. He has previously worked as a Design Strategist in Lima, Peru, as well as set up European offices for the tech start-up MBJ. Till holds a Masters Degree in Design Thinking from IED Barcelona, and a BA in International Business from Regent’s University London. In his spare time he has volunteered in hospitals in Buenos Aires, provided free business consulting to entrepreneurs in Africa through the organisation Grow Movement, and has been integral to Prowibo’sacademic offering in Design Thinking. When he is not volunteering or working, Till’s passions are traveling and BMX riding. Till will be teaching “The Design Thinking Bootcamp”.
The learning objective of the course is to guide students through the design thinking method, helping them understand the importance of a user-centric method in business. This is all done while the students are focusing on solving a problem in their own community, keeping in mind what the community needs, and the costs associated with it. The two-week challenge consists of teambuilding, learning how to interview users and approach your community, creative thinking, effective prototyping and finally developing a coherent customer journey. At the end of the two weeks, teams will be presenting their Bootcamp solutions to each other, allowing them to give and receive feedback, After the completion of the class, students will have an overview of the design thinking method and be able to implement it into their communities and careers.