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Think, Don't Squeeze

Design Thinking and data science

to End Violence in America

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Lack of diversity in any spaces within the tech sector exacerbates the relationship between gender, poverty, race, and network driven opportunity. These gaps result not only in continued and increasing structural poverty but also results in the data poverty that further deepens the issue. Digital infrastructure that is focused on assisting and protecting vulnerable populations from food insecurity, displacement, and education has the potential to eliminate data and physical poverty. When you imagine the 15 million American children living in poverty who are at risk of never escaping, it's hard to justify not taking action.
- Ayori Selassie, Creator of Think, Don't Squeeze, the campaign to use design thinking and data science to end violence

Design thinking

to End violence in america

Will we ever learn the lessons of violence throughout history? 98 year-old Ben Ferencz is the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg trials and advocates for methods that align with the #ThinkDontSqueeze approach to end violence. Listen to more here: http://bbc.in/2nAyfkH

To end the spiral of trauma in our communities we must change the way we develop solutions to stop and prevent violence.

We have chosen to develop solutions to end violence using the principles of Design Thinking.

We will empathize and step inside the minds of those who would resort to a violent act as well as those who have been a victim of violence. 

We will understand as fully as possible the consistent patterns of violence which impact our society.

We will define and recognize violence in it's simplest forms, from taking the life of another through a physical act, to the more complex forms such as neglect.

We will develop divergent ideas and provocative life models using creativity, data, intuition and research.

We will rapidly prototype concepts and solutions to inform long range planning initiatives, inspire innovation in public safety and create a future our next generation will be proud of. 


Think, Don't Squeeze Methodology

Think Don't Squeeze Design Process
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Save the Date

Oct 31, 2018

Think, Don't Squeeze's Annual Memorial

to Remember Lives Lost to Violence &

Recommitment ceremony to end violence


Think Don't Squeeze


Tech Playground

Members of the community joined the "Think, Don’t Squeeze"  ending violence in America exhibit on May 13th in Oakland, California inside the #TechPlayground at the Taste of Oakland Fest. The exhibit & workshop brought together development leaders, public and private sector partners, civil society, diplomats, and entrepreneurs to discuss solution development and chart a course forward to continue the progress in years ahead. A series of panel discussions throughout the day that demonstrated Think, Don’t Squeeze’s community design thinking and data science initiatives.