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Designing with: People powered social change

In Designing With - People Powered Social Change you’ll find out how collaborative, participatory, human-centred and design-led processes can be applied to the increasingly complex issues facing our society today. Our panel of experts focus on ‘Designing with’ people in very different scenarios. Hear case studies and research for participatory projects ranging from community to global initiatives. This is an opportunity to explore the relationship between design, civic participation, development and social change and what it takes to make a meaningful, sustainable social impact. Jax Wechsler discusses how participatory and human-centred design can support social change. Kerry Graham discusses collective impact through place-based social innovation case studies. A driven social change advocate and consultant whose purpose is to evolve the way social change happens in Australia. Specialties: Social innovation, collective impact & collaboration, co-design, nonprofit leadership; strategic planning, facilitation, social sector reform and program design. Mathan Ratinam shares some lessons learnt on the qualities, properties and limitations of design-led practice in international development. Our panel of experts focus on ‘Designing with’ people in very different scenarios.

Designing with: Participatory approaches to build resilience

How do we ready ourselves to intervene responsively in the contingent situations that arise in co-designing to make change? How do we attune to group dynamics and respond ethically to unpredictable developments when working with ‘community’? And how do we build on assets already within a community to make it stronger? Our panel will share their different approaches to designing for and with community. Dee Brooks (Jeder Institute) Patterns, practices and processes: exploring the links between a range of strengths-based approaches to community development Underpinned by Asset-based Community Development (ABCD), Dee will explore the complementary intersections between a range of strengths-based community development patterns, practices and processes based on 20 years of practical application across many countries. Current challenges faced by individuals and communities require transformational change and understanding the connections between patterns, practices and processes and how they affect stages of community work can offer directional clarity; how to weave, embed and sustain strengths-based approaches through co-design and collaboration processes and move from ideas to dialogue to action. About Dee Brooks Agitator, Blender and Chief Hugger of the Jeder Institute, Australia is a passionate community development grassroots practitioner, facilitator and trainer with 20 years of experience in community, organisational and government settings. Dee is an Intentional Nomad who has travelled and worked in over 20 countries and her background is in youth work, community-based research and university outreach. Yoko Akama (Associate Professor Communication Design at RMIT) How do we ready ourselves to intervene responsively in the contingent situations that arise in co-designing to make change? How do we attune to group dynamics and respond ethically to unpredictable developments when working with ‘community’? My talk will share my practice of readiness, which is constituted by deep undercurrents such as personal history, experiences, culture and philosophies to share what is called upon and how commitments play out in my actions. I use the notion of punctuation and poiseas two sides of the same coin to think about practices of readiness in the contingencies of participatory design. Yoko Akama is a design researcher at RMIT University, Australia. She co-leads the Design and Social Innovation in Asia-Pacific network and has recently published a co-authored book Uncertainty and Possibility (Bloomsbury) through the work in the Design+Ethnography+Futures research program. Her Japanese heritage has embedded a Zen-informed relational practice to carve a ‘tao’ (path) in design and has published extensively on this topic. This practice is shaped by working with regional communities in Australia in strengthening their resilience for disaster preparedness, and with Indigenous Nations enact their sovereignty and self-determination.

Designing With Older People

Designing With Older People The second Designing With Sydney event, Design With Older People, was held in Novermber 2013 as part of the Change Makers Festival. We had four speakers who presented some innovative social design projects aimed at older persons. The speakers Dr. Catherine Bridge Associate Professor for the Built Environment at UNSW and Program Director of the Enabling Built Environment Research Program will be talking about her work co-designing with older persons to create better environmental outcomes at all scales from products to streetscapes. Lauren Tann PhD, designer and author will discuss the Alzheimer 100 project : Co-designing for dementia by the UK design agency thinkpublic. This project was established to look at improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers. It resulted in the implementation of a dementia care service that continues to be delivered acoss the UK today. Jean Paul Bell Creative Director at the Arts Health Institute presents some humour therapy programs aimed at dementia patients such as Play Up. Jean Paul will talk about his latest project involving the design of interactive memory aids or minitaure escapes for dementia patients in care. Dr. Bert Bongers Associate Professor in Interactivation at UTS will present interactive projects designed by the Interactivation team for rehabilitation patients, including a 3D printed sensor floor for balancing and stepping exercises. Try them out.

Designing for Well Being

Designing for wellbeing Dominic Campbell is a digital government specialist and social innovator. He established FutureGov in the UK in 2008 and has co-founded several start-ups such as Patchwork a collaboration tool for multi-agency working, currently focused on children and families intervention, Casserole a peer to peer meals on wheels service, and Enabled by Design a community of people interested in Design for All. Patchwork has been rolled out in Victoria and NSW and Casserole is coming soon. Danielle Madsen is the Operations Manager for Family by Family, an initiative by The Australian Centre of Social Innovation (TACSI). Family by Family is a network of families helped by families. This successful program was first initiated in Adeliade and has recently been established in Sydney by Danielle and her team. Susan Wolfe, who has been on the scene in Australia since 1995 (and now is also Principal of OE Strategy in San Francisco), has many years experience using design approaches for wicked problem solving. She will present some of her recent work designing improved health care services in India and other developing nations.

Designing with citizens

Citizen-centric Public Policy & Services Join us for some conversation and Australian case studies discussing citizen involvement in the design of public policy and services at the state, local and federal government levels. Jane Treadwell World Bank Government Transformation Senior Consultant, owner of Jane Treadwell Consulting, and former Chief Executive Officer at DesignGov (Australian Centre for Excellence in Public Sector Design) Selena Griffith, Senior Lecturer, COFA, UNSW, co Founder Social Innovation Sydney and Councillor for North ward, Pittwater. Rodger Watson, Deputy Director at UTS:DI Rodger will outline a new research centre at UTS, the Design Innovation research centre (UTS:DI) with examples of past and current projects from UTS:DI and its research node the Designing Out Crime research centre. Deeply human centred, the social design approach of UTS:DI is helping organisations change the way they think about their problems, with exciting results. Panel Chair: The evening will conclude with a panel chaired by Susan McHattie, Vice President of the Institute of Public Administration, NSW Branch and Manager, Governance in Strategic Policy in the Office of Finance and Services. Susan has experience leading state, local and government programs and agencies. She welcomes the current imperative to place citizens at the centre of policy and service design.  

Designing with people : Understanding people’s worlds

Social designers have important moral and ethical responsibilities. Join us for some conversation and case studies about design research in complex social contexts. Presenters: Jax Wechsler and Daniel Mohr will set the scene, sharing some design research methods and cases from across the globe. John Murphy and Kate Goodwin are User Experience leads for a four-year audio-visual links (AVL) project within the criminal justice area of the NSW Department of Justice. Part of the research for the project has been a diary study with families of people in detention to understand how they communicate with their loved one and to investigate potential for communicating via AVL. John and Kate will talk through the research and some early findings Charmaine Jones is a consultant anthropologist with an interest in the intersection between design and anthropology. She has worked since 2004 on a number of native title cases in Western Australia and Queensland. Between 2008 and 2012 she looked at the environmental politics of southern Chile. She will explore a few of the ethical implications of this work, particularly the issue of having overlapping and conflicting obligations to multiple stakeholders. The talks will be followed by a panel where we will talk about conducting design research with people and the associated ethical responsibilities. Delicious snacks by the good people at Parliament on King will be provided. Your financial contribution goes towards covering our costs. Video coming soon!

Designing Citizen-centric Policy & Services

Designing Citizen-centric Policy & Services This event consisted of conversation and Australian case studies discussing citizen involvement in the design of public policy and services at the state, local and federal government levels. The speakers Jane Treadwell World Bank Government Transformation Senior Consultant, owner of Jane Treadwell Consulting, and former Chief Executive Officer at DesignGov (Australian Centre for Excellence in Public Sector Design) Selena Griffith, Senior Lecturer, COFA, UNSW, co Founder Social Innovation Sydney and Councillor for North ward, Pittwater. Rodger Watson, Deputy Director at a new research centre at UTS, the Design Innovation research centre (UTS:DI) Panel Chair: The evening concluded with a panel chaired by Susan McHattie, Vice President of the Institute of Public Administration, NSW Branch and Manager, Governance in Strategic Policy in the Office of Finance and Services.

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