Designing Networks for Answers in Syria

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Demonstrators hold a large Syrian National Coalition flag as they rally against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in downtown Rome on April 13, 2013. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty)

Is there another way to approach intervention in Syria, and can answers be found in the real time networks of individuals making decisions on the ground?

Alexa Courtney is the executive vice president of Caerus Associates, a strategy and design firm that focuses on conflict-afflicted environments. According to Courtney, designing tools to access localized Syrian networks are what gives the group an ear to quality information, that in turn can be used by policy makers to make quality decisions about U.S. action.


Alexa Courtney

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Suzanne Edison from Seattle, Wa

I would like to know where Alexa got her Design Thinking training. My daughter goes to an all girls middle school that is using this model to teach all her other subjects. We also call it STEAM, with Design Thinking and Art at the core of STEM and Humanitites.

This was a very thoughtful and inspiring piece.

Nov. 13 2013 08:14 PM

Hi Hayley,

Thanks for your comment and for your kind words! You got to us before the audio was uploaded—it is there now. We do not have a transcript of this interview, but if you would like to embed the audio you can do so by using the below code. Thanks for listening and contributing to the conversation!

T. J. Raphael
Digital Content Editor
The Takeaway

Nov. 13 2013 10:18 AM

This was a great segment, thrilled to hear that their is some logic happening on the ground in Syria- I look forward to learning more about Alexa Courtney and Cearus, and would like to share this, is their a transcript or recording of it?

Nov. 13 2013 10:06 AM

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