The Covenant Foundation is a United States’ foundation focused on supporting Jewish culture and values in society. The foundation supports organisations who are drawing on Jewish culture, values and scripture to support organisations driving towards social justice. They provide grants, capacity building services and sector leadership. The Covenant Foundation have been seeking to explore the question of how the field of social impact could be developed in the space of Jewish services across the USA. The challenge was to explore how a coordinated effort towards social impact might be ignited, and what might be the value.
To start, Path’s Stephen Bediako pulled together a cross section of funders, providers and stakeholders interested in social impact. We developed a structure and methodology to introduce social impact concepts, approaches for commissioning, delivery and a brainstorming exercise on what a joined-up exercise might look like. Overall, the idea was to introduce attendees to the concept of an Evidence Hub and explore what it could look like for this network.
The result was an engaging half day workshop run with a set of key stakeholders. The session provided an opportunity to both explore a set of issues, understand useful case studies to building such evidence hubs and brainstorming the rationale behind what a Hub for Jewish services might look like. Path delivered a final report with recommendations on next steps.
At Path we have deep expertise in supporting organisations think through their approach to impact measurement. This includes helping clients to draw on our evidence hub product and working with funders and service delivery agencies to help them design practical approaches to measuring impact.
A3 is an Airbus Innovation offshoot working on new projects seeking to transpose the passenger experience on commercial aviation. The MO of A3 is to use new tools, such as Human Centered Design, to put the passenger experience at the heart of a new product, thereby creating new design prompts around which a new type of aircraft could be built. Airbus contracted us to take this approach and to generate these design prompts - we were the customer experience champions.
We started at the ground floor with Airbus, where my consulting company was their first external hire in SV. Over the last four years, there have been four phases to this project. We started on the initial concept and ran two scale prototypes to test different parts of the concept. We harnessed six phases of design thinking, slowly starting with design research for phase 1 and eventually moving to prototyping for phases 3 and 4.What was the result? We ran our second prototype in June and are progressing to finalizing phase 4. The need for a new type of flying was explained and personas were developed which provided design inspiration. Prototype trials were used to test passenger flow and the experiences created. Some value analysis was done with an HBS prof (Mike Norton). Key parts to our success was developing a strong relationship with the project manager, speaking with a wide variety of fliers and then exploring analogous industries on which we could draw inspiration. The project was well funded and there were a number of motivated and interesting partners.
We bring deep expertise in design thinking methodology, using the six phases together or in groups to help your organization thrive and develop through any period of transition or growth. We are excited to show the powers of a human centered approach to address any question!
Despite the proliferation of technology startups, minority technology professionals and founders are vastly underrepresented. In fact, a recent OpenMic Breaking the Mold Report noted, “Black people, Latinos and Native Americans are underrepresented in tech by 16-to-18 percentage points compared with their presence in the U.S. labor force overall. Black people and Latinos each comprise just 5.3 percent of the professionals category in U.S. tech industry labor data.There are multiple barriers and opportunities in trying to increase the quantity of Latino/a technology professionals and founders.
Working with the New York City technology community, Path’s Rico Oyola launched latinoTech in 2013, a Latinx themed professional community. The aim of the organization is to promote diversity and inclusion within the tech community by supporting the next wave of Latinx technology leaders. This has been accomplished by providing a safe space for new and old Latinx professionals and students to meet, volunteer and pitch new tech driven startup ideas and network with potential funders and experts.Since its launch in 2013, the community has grown to over 500 members, hosted 4 pitch nights at companies such as Tumblr, AppNexus, DigitalOcean and Microsoft and led two hackathons with the City of New York and a local nonprofit.
Path works with clients, including volunteers, to design collaborative innovation workshops and communities for participants to discuss complex social and business challenges.