The miLES Do Tank is an action-oriented design thinking course, tied to a challenge to translate learnings into local impact. In collaboration with Foossa, Makeshift, Design for America of NYU, and Tenement Museum, the Do Tank cultivates a group of people with varied skillsets to work together on a real-world issue, from collaborative ideation to collaborative creation.
The Spring 2016 Do Tank challenge is focused on Borders, Migration, and Immigration, in which the team members will work on and solve problems about obstacles between immigrants and local people in NYC. The cohort of Do Tank Participants will be given a shared stipend of $1K plus access to a NYC storefront for a week, which can be leveraged to produce a pop-up experience that shares their prototype and engages the public for feedback. Furthermore, through the partnership with the Tenement Museum, the participants’ prototypes have the potential to live on and be incorporated into the museum’s ongoing programming.