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2 Days in #a2j Innovation Bootcamp: Family Justice Design Workshop in Whitehorse, YT

Natalie Wing, Andrea Bailey

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Last month, the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution, the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, Yukon Courts, and the Yukon Department of Justice collaborated to host an innovative family justice design workshop in Whitehorse, YT.

Drawing on social lab theory, design thinking, and communications theory, a2j dynamo Nicole Aylwin led a diverse group of family-justice-system stakeholders through 2 days of brainstorming and prototyping, all with minds set on improving the experiences of clients in the family justice system through strengthening the networks between service providers.

By the end of the workshop, we had identified 2 promising pathways for further work.

The paths themselves are not unique to our jurisdiction: over the course of 2 days, family-justice-system stakeholders agreed that we have #advicemaze problems and #courtformsproblems.

What 2 days of #a2jInnovationBootcamp with Nicole shifted was our perspective on how to approach #a2jproblems TOGETHER. Our biggest take homes:

We are grateful to Nicole, and to all of the individuals who took time out of their busy schedules to attend our  lab, especially to our former-family-justice-system user who bravely joined our group and very generously and openly shared her knowledge and experiences. We are also grateful to the Yukon Department of Justice, Court Services branch for supporting this experimental and experiential learning event!