Designing with Young People: A conversation about participation
20 September, 2016

Social design requires participation.
But what does this mean? How do we facilitate participation and what is its impact?
Join us for this very special Social Design Sydney event where we will hear about some different participatory projects with young people. Through the lens of some real world projects we will learn about some different participatory methods and discuss their outcome and impact.

Phillip Crawford, film-maker from Beyond Empathy, will discuss his films collaborations with people who would never normally be involved in the process of making films. He and his colleagues use the process to create opportunities to address disadvantage and develop resilience among people who have experienced hardship. His most recent collaboratively made film Rites of Passage received a special jury mention at the Warsaw Film Festival in the Free Spirit Competition and screened on the ABC in Australia.

Designing with Young People in Practice
Natalie Rowland, social and design researcher, will share examples of activities, methods and approaches she loves to use when designing services and programs with young people. Natalie will draw on her experiences working with ReachOut, AFAO, Department of Education and Communities and the NCIE.

Shaping participation in the Safe & Well online program
Teresa Swist, PhD and Philippa Collin, PhD are researchers at the University of Western Sydney’s Institute for Culture and Society. They will discuss the way participation was approached in a five year initiative Safe and Well Online – exploring the role of social campaigns for promoting young people’s safety and wellbeing. The project raised questions about the multiple and changing ways to conceptualise who participants should be, how to facilitate involvement and what the value and impact of participation was.