The GuateMalta Foundation and Stella Maris TV hosted their first Stella Maris TV Leadership and Entrepreneurship Forum on December 19th, 2018 at the Stella Maris parish conference center.

Very often leaders are managing multiple projects at the same time with limited resources. As they encounter challenges and opportunities in their communities, they need to find the best solutions and achieve the best results. However, there are a lot of things that can make this journey difficult. One of those things is to jump to solutions without really understanding the user and the real need; this can happen at home, school, work, church and in our communities. That is why we decided to offer the first Stella Maris TV Leadership and Entrepreneur Forum as a vehicle to empower our community leaders. Our first workshop was focused on innovation and the proven methodology of Design Thinking. For this session, a workshop designed and created by the d.school with a license under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial_ShareAlike 4.0 International was offered with success.

As a volunteering project, Norbert Alvarez visited us for that day and helped us as moderator. More than 53 participants attended the session.

Among the leaders representing Izabal we had priests, nuns, Stella Maris TV crew, church youth leaders and pastoral council members from different parishes in the area.

During the workshop, participants had the opportunity to learn about the 5 steps process of Design Thinking  and practice the concepts during an exercise.

After understanding the user’s problems, defining the challenge and creating a list of possible ideas, they started creating prototypes for those ideas so as to get feedback from their users and thus improve the solution.

Each prototype represents a solution to a challenge. In real life that prototype can save resources, time and effort in the search for the best solution. It does not matter which is your background, education, experience or role, anyone can use innovation so as to improve our communities and organizations.

Are you ready to be an agent of change?

If you have the desire and interest just start practicing, this journey is not a short run. However, you are not alone.

Contact us, we can walk together that journey.