Education, Sci + Tech, Social Impact

2020 Global Solutions Lab with Medard Gabel

Medard Gabel is running a virtual 2020 Global Solutions Lab from June 21-29, 2020.  Students and young professionals will be briefed by the UN experts (from the UN Development Program, UN Environmental Program, UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, and other UN agencies) to develop comprehensive strategies for solving some of the world’s most critical problems and present their work to the UN. 

The main goals of the Global Solutions Lab is to increase our understanding of global dynamics, world resources, human trends and needs, and options for humanity’s success, learn about design science and how to apply global and local problems, developing viable strategies for improving the well being of humanity achieving one or more of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and learn a methodology for changing the world, among other goals. 

The schedule can be found on the website, but here are the highlights: 

Sunday, June 21:

Introduction to Design Science Lab

Monday, June 22: 

Design Science 101— Methodology for changing the world

United Nations presentations 1— Pandemics and Climate Change: The State of the Planet, Similarities/Differences

United Nations presentations 2— Pandemics/Climate Change: What we are doing/what we need to do

Design Science 102— Preferred States: their uses, impact, power; Preferred State strategic decision making criteria; Sustainable Development/Regenerative Development 

Tuesday, June 23: 

United Nations presentations 3 & 4— Pandemics and Climate Change and poverty, health, women, development, security, economics

Design Science 103: New Tools for old and new problems: Global Mobile— Global/Local problem solving/Innovative uses of smartphones and related tech

Wednesday, June 24: 

Design Science 104— Design Science methodology: Problem and Present State— design tools for system/problem analysis; measurements of problem, present and preferred states; models & biomimicry; trim tabs and tests for their realness; making visible the invisible/data visualization

Thursday, June 25: 

Design Science 105—Design Science: Implementation— Policy, Program, Service, Business and Artifacts; Taking the initiative, development, prototyping, costs, scale; launching, getting funds, persistence

Register at for the 2020 Global Solutions Lab.