What we're about

Imagine if we could solve the world's problems at a local level at the same rate we launch new technologies at a global level? It's possible when you use the same rapid acceleration frameworks, like Design Sprint.

Join The Ladder global goals accelerator to co-create initiatives, products, services with LOCAL non-profit , social enterprises and community using the DESIGN SPRINT method to make local impact on global issues like climate, poverty, inequalities. We work on REAL projects with REAL organisations. The stakes are high, the pace is fast, the vibe is fun.

You CAN make an impact while learning a cool skill to add to your portfolio and enhance your career.

How?

Register for all workshops below, and you'll become part of one of the project groups.

When?

Step 1 - Mapping the Problem workshop

Step 2 - Ideation workshop

Step 3 - Planning workshop

Step 4 - Prototyping workshop

Step 5- User Testing workshop

Step 6 - Roadmapping workshop

The outcome is a validated solution, you've co-created, for the local non-profit or community with a roadmap of next actions.

Why?

- Connect with Innovation Professionals, technology, local government & the non-profit sectors

- Take action towards the global goals targets (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Social Progress Index)

- Learn to apply innovation methodologies (Design Sprint, Impact Measurement) for local problems, at your organisation, startup and life

- Co-create a real initiative, product or service with inter-disciplinary professionals

What you will Learn

There is only one real way to learn the skill of making real impact - by doing - so you will solve a real problem with a local non-profit ,organization, business start-up or community project, using skills you already have (and they need) in a structure we provide through 'Design Sprint' over 6 weeks.

You will learn how to define, ideate, prototype and test any idea using, the fastest and cheapest way possible. Validate your idea before spending significant money, time and resources using the most rigorous, proven - and innovative approach available today.

Not only will you be learning, you'll be contributing directly to a real local cause as well as helping The Ladder reach it's goal - getting nations to reach the global sustainable development goals by 2030 by scaling impact.

The outcome is that you will be a Design Sprint Practitioner- ready to try your own idea with a sprint as well as getting inside a real non-profit or charity and contributing locally.

Get in touch with us at hello@theladder.io with any questions and ideas.

See you at our workshops?
The Ladder Team

Upcoming events (5)

Slow DOWN! Build a digital speed sign for your community

Online event

We live in a crazy country! Boreen's with 80kmh speed limits National roads (e.g ring road in galway at 50kmh) As ex-minister Ross said ' t is “quite obvious” that speed limits have an impact on road safety. They are often “insanely uncoordinated and unrelated to each other”' That's right, insane. Feedback signs work , fixed sign slow, children etc don't Commercial speed signs cost 6k+ to council. Let's build some for cheap that can be actually deployed in communities. This project will be installed in a real local community. You'll get all the skills and know-how to develop one for your own community., This project will research the best approach, then we'll build and install on a local community road, then provide the tools for other communities to build the same by documenting our process detail online. We will follow this instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Low-Cost-Radar-Speed-Sign/

[Remote] Learn Design Sprint while Solving Real Issues (Covid19)

Learn Design Sprint by working on a real problem for 7 weeks. YOU MUST SIGN UP HERE: http://bit.ly/SprinterSignup (Meetup sign-up is not sufficient*) This sprint will be helping organizations get back to work in a safe way during the pandemic. This 7 week sprint is FREE. However, you can apply for the blended training course which is provided 1:1 and online with certification provided on completion. Learn our advanced version** of Google Design Sprints, while solving real problems for local non-profits and communities and help to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Join our FREE meet-up every Tuesday 6:45 to 9 pm for 6 weeks (you need to sign up for all 6 weeks with the form above. Once you sign-up you will be notified of your sprint start-date. The sprint will solve a real problem in the community, with a social enterprise or chosen by the team. //HOW IT WORKS Participation is FREE. To get the most out of the experience, we provide a blended training course. Solve a real problem while learning through our (optional and paid) online course. This is, by far, the best way to learn; do and learn at the same time. The course includes 1:1s, video lessons, assignments and expert tips on running your own sprint. See https://theladder.thinkific.com/ The online course is optional and for those who want a deeper learning experience, or new to the subject matter or would like certification. //WHAT YOU WILL LEARN You'll learn the skills and methods necessary to plan and execute your own Design Sprint - and be eligible for certification- while directly helping non-profits, charities and social enterprises solve critical problems. We'll guide you along the way (with the online companion course) to ensure you can run your own design sprint with tips on how you can incorporate these techniques in unique ways within your team and organization. This group runs through a full design sprint on building a real product for a non-profit, charity or social enterprise over 6 weeks (each night represents about 1 day of a design sprint). The outcome is that you will be a Design Sprint Practitioner - while doing some real work helping a needy charity or an early-stage start-up. //WHAT YOU GET * Solve a real problem with Design Sprint - have real-world experience * The knowledge that you have helped a non-profit, community directly or indirectly * Certified Design Sprint Practitioner (when the additional paid online course is taken also) * Individual mentoring - 1 hr of 1 to 1 planning for your own Design Sprint (with Certified Design Sprint Practitioner only) //Who should attend Anyone interested in innovation, process (or teaching it), designers, PM, PO, marketers, developers, social entrepreneurs, team leads, PM, marketers, engineers, designers, non-profits and .gov folks can all benefit. No prior experience is necessary //Our speakers Colm Byrne Colm is a product manager and owner of the digital agency Flout.IO. he has created his own start-ups and helped Apple, JP Morgan, The AA, 118, Paddy Power Betfair and the guys who invented the hula hoop - build ground-breaking products //What if I can't attend? The Ladder sprint also runs ONLINE. Custom on-site training and sprint facilitation for organisations is also available. ----------------------------- * Meetup sign-ups. Like most groups, meet-up sign-up and attendance have different results. Also, we can't email you directly from meetup. Members complain about not receiving correspondence. In order to plan properly for the event, we request that you fill in a quick form so that we can email you directly. You can always unsubscribe from our email list and never hear from us again :) ** Advanced version Since the book Sprint by Knapp et al in 2016, a lot has happened! We've evolved Sprint to include Problem framing and roadmaps - two indispensable components you must have in your sprint

Slow DOWN! Build a digital speed sign for your community

We live in a crazy country! Boreen's with 80kmh speed limits National roads (e.g ring road in galway at 50kmh) As ex-minister Ross said ' t is “quite obvious” that speed limits have an impact on road safety. They are often “insanely uncoordinated and unrelated to each other”' That's right, insane. Feedback signs work , fixed sign slow, children etc don't Commercial speed signs cost 6k+ to council. Let's build some for cheap that can be actually deployed in communities. This project will be installed in a real local community. You'll get all the skills and know-how to develop one for your own community., This project will research the best approach, then we'll build and install on a local community road, then provide the tools for other communities to build the same by documenting our process detail online. We will follow this instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Low-Cost-Radar-Speed-Sign/

Slow DOWN! Build a digital speed sign for your community

Online event

We live in a crazy country! Boreen's with 80kmh speed limits National roads (e.g ring road in galway at 50kmh) As ex-minister Ross said ' t is “quite obvious” that speed limits have an impact on road safety. They are often “insanely uncoordinated and unrelated to each other”' That's right, insane. Feedback signs work , fixed sign slow, children etc don't Commercial speed signs cost 6k+ to council. Let's build some for cheap that can be actually deployed in communities. This project will be installed in a real local community. You'll get all the skills and know-how to develop one for your own community., This project will research the best approach, then we'll build and install on a local community road, then provide the tools for other communities to build the same by documenting our process detail online. We will follow this instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Low-Cost-Radar-Speed-Sign/

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Slow DOWN! Build a digital speed sign for your community

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