Green America: Center for Sustainability Solutions

Using Prototypes to Drive High-Impact Change

As one of three Innovation Networks, the Clean Electronics Production Initiative is comprised of cross-industry teams working together to solve an audacious goal – the reduction and ultimate elimination of worker exposure to toxic chemicals in the electronics supply chain. Twice a year, these teams meet to present their progress in the form of development plans and prototype concepts.

As an external consulting partner, I helped the initiative teams shift their thinking about what a prototype is, and the critical role that prototyping can play in driving major change efforts. In a single workshop, teams comprised of industry experts were able to transform insights and ideas about possible solutions into plans for action using prototyping tools and techniques.