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Global Innovation Design (MA)

Dana Alami

Dana Alami is a multidisciplinary designer, interested in tackling complex problems and using design to deliver innovative solutions to challenging systems. 

Dana is a strong believer that true systemic change is possible when we form coalitions, bonds, and partnerships as designers. Co-creation and collective activism are major engines for innovative and sustainable, social, economic, and digital transformation; crucial to advancing bold actions, and creative leadership to shape a better future.

Global Innovation Design combines all the elements above: an overview of globally leading systems, cultures, economies, and ideologies. It presents opportunities to explore how products and services can be designed to fit within; and a chance to collaborate with talents, company stakeholders, and candidates eligible for leadership positions in the creative industry. 



Degree Details

School of Design

Global Innovation Design (MA)

After a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Southampton, Dana joined Global Innovation Design (GID), a joint MA/MSc Masters Program at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.

Dana is the co-founder and Director of Operations at Intersect Innovation Hub, Powered by Bank of Palestine Group; co-founder and curator of the Global Shapers East Jerusalem Hub; and an active member of the World Economic Forum, Special Davos Dialogue. 

Innovation "Uptake"

Emergency management related activities are usually classified into four main phases; Preparedness, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation and three secondary-phases; Prevention, Disaster, and Reconstruction. Appropriate action at all points in the cycle leads to greater preparedness, better caution, and reduced
vulnerability (or) prevention of disasters during the next iteration of the cycle. However, preparation is time-consuming and costly so disaster preparation starts at the time of the disaster, which is often too late (Phillips, 2011). With new technology and better-integrated systems, we can shorten the preparation time for relief aid to be dispersed (OCHA, 2015).

Pani is a cost-effective, ready-to-use emergency device that treats open wounds in a timely manner. A solution to direct medical treatment in civilian emergencies: it was created with a focus on the end-user - an ordinary citizen or the empowered bystander in mind. Pani aims to help victims better prepare and manage the injury burden during and after a natural disaster.
Pani uses filtration and separation technology, as a wound irrigation technique, to clean the injured surface, and chitosan paste, which works as an antimicrobial, hemostatic liquid bandage to cover the open wound and temporarily control external bleeding.

The short-term benefit is the direct use of the product: the ability for health forces or ordinary citizens to treat an open wound injury quickly, and safely, preventing or minimizing the risk of developing an infection until the wounded can get access to professional care. The long-term gain is the implementation of an emergency ready pre-hospital system that engages ordinary citizens in the first aid, manufacturing, and delivery processes.

The design goal is to build a locally functioning system:
The intent of Pani as a service works to bridge the gap between existing systems and humanitarian actors, to facilitate collaboration, and encourage an "uptake" of innovations. Pani aims not to develop a new system but to sit within existing aid relief organizations, such as Zipline that is implementing this new Multi-stakeholder concept coupled with new technologies. Zipline is an organization that works with drone delivery technology to deliver medical supplies to remote areas, and as such was consulted in regards to collaboration on delivery of Pani supplementary unit kits to rural areas following earthquake disasters.

Current System & Response Mechanisms

The standard humanitarian supply chain for delivering medical goods has a complex human journey for aid workers.

Where Pani sits within the existing system & Pani system proposal

What if we could simplify the logistical steps to streamline the process and save more lives?
Pani, Final Major Project, Video

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