Tufts University teamed up with the Fletcher School for the fourth annual Innovation Week. The event was held from February 12-16 and involved four events designed to discover unique solutions to challenges in diplomacy, migration, peace building, and development. There were human-centered design workshops looking at the current situation and state of the world's refugees, led by experts from Amnesty International USA, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC), and Oxfam America. The discussion groups worked on combining human-centered design thinking with refugees, focusing on practical and emotional needs and designing for resiliency. In addition to collaborative group discussions Innovate Tufts attendees were able to learn about a case study regarding Colombia's struggle for peace. At this talk Luis Alberto Villegas, part of the Colombian Ministry of Finance and cofounder of VallenPaz, shared insight into peacebuilding and civil society, peacebuilding and private sector, and partnerships as a tool for peacebuilding. From creative brainstorming to networking, Innovate Tufts: Fletcher Disrupts was a crucial event for understanding the refugee crisis and working to come up with important solutions.
Sponsors of the fourth annual Innovate Tufts: Fletcher Disrupts include the Fletcher School, the Institute for Business in the Global Context, the Johnathan M. Tisch College of Civil Life, LEGATUM, and the Institute for Global Leadership