What is it about?
I outline an approach to enable communiteis to explore complex societal and environmental problems through a design-based approach I term 'collaborative realisation'. Here, all stakeholders can be involved in exploring the problem, developing options for its resolution and assessing these against each other, in terms of benefits and potential losses.
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Why is it important?
I extend the application of 'design thinking' to involve those stakeholders who own the problem - the end users within the affected community - throughout the process of inquiry, analysis and option generation. In a world where communities face ever-more complex social and environmental concerns, with no simple solutions, there is an urgent need for ways of thinking that embrace complexity, ambiguity and conflicting values, beliefs and priorities. My approach here aims to support an open and inclusive, democratic process of engagement with such problems to, hopefully, enable communities to jointly uncover the best options for their resultion for the group.
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This page is a summary of: Can Design Inform Effective Social Innovation?, The Design Journal, September 2017, Taylor & Francis,
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