MAKING SENSE of it all 💆🏼♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Design methodology is not a fixed track to a fixed destination, but a conversation about everything that could be made to happen. The language of the conversation must bridge the logical gap between past and future, but in doing so it should not limit the variety of possible futures that are discussed nor should it force choice of a future that is unfree. (Jones, 1070) 💡 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here: first rough sketch of a concept. 🖍💁🏼♀️
WORKSHOP time ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We have had a couple of workshops during the last couple of months as a part of our design process. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have a friend who call them death by post-it. There is no need to use post-its if you don’t like them. 😉 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The whole idea is to get some work done. Some ideas flying and some reflections expressed. All in a manner of one or two hour sessions. This means purposeful planning and exeqution. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The most important part though, if you really want to get the best out of any participant, is creating comfort. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Something I in hindsight probably did not do very well, when myfriend thought he would rather die then see another post-it. Luckily I have learnt since then. 🙌🏻
OBSERVATION 🕵🏼♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Another one of those things that we do to understand better, the people, the context and people in the given context. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here: observing the elected politicians in Trondheim from the gallery. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What happens if we change the context just a little? What happens if we change the human relations within the context? What happens if we change the procedure? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ May any of these changes bring us closer to a more preferred situation? 🙆🏼♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ By the way, got one week left of writing on this master’s thesis about policy design. 🙌🏻
BLANK SHEETS. 💁🏼♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Understanding unfamiliar processes and the people who navigate them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This time around it is the political and strategic decision making process in Trondheim. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Approach people and new territories with an open mind. Even if you think you might have some knowledge going in to it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Jot down every notion and idea. Focus on learning and understanding. Thats how to start.
First things first; INSIGHTS 💡 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ «Today we no longer feel that we must sit patiently and wait for some outrageous insight to strike us. Inspiration always involves an element of chance, but, as Louis Pasteur observed in a famous lecture of 1854, «Chance only favours the prepared mind.» Certain themes and variations - techniques of observation, principles of empathy, and efforts to move beyond the individual - can all be thought of as ways of preparing the mind of the design thinker to find insight: from the seemingly commonplace as well as the bizarre, from the rituals of everyday life but alsothe exeptional interruptions to those rituals, and from the average to the extreme. That *insight* cannot yet be codefied, quantified, or even defined - not yet, at any rate - makes it the most difficult but also the most exciting part of the design process. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This brings us to the first assumption about Trondheim municipality. At this point the municipality were eager to start designing better citizen engagement initiatives. As designers we thought that such an initiative should be set up to learn and gain insights. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But, we were not sure if the municipality were set up to recieve the insights new initiatives might generate. However well designed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So thats were we started our insight phase. Whats Trondheim municipality up to? How does Trondheim municipaloty gain insights? Are they prepared to gain new insights? Do they have a process for this already? . . . . . #mastersthesis#design#purposedriven#designwithpurpose#designwithintention#designforpolitics#futuredesign#designforchange#designforpeople#makechange#socialinnovation#socialchange#ideation#ideas#justdoit#makeshithappen#creativity#learn#disruptbydesign#changemakers#creativerebels#systemsthinking#disruptivedesign#community#sustainabledesign#designforgood