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How to use your ‘Buddy’? - A memento mori story

How to encourage people to think about their mortality and do it in a fun way?

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

This idea is to nudge people to think about death but, do this in an engaging and funny way. ‘Buddy’ is a-voodoo-like doll that contains plant seeds in it. When it is watered the seeds grows up to a plant or grass. Inside the doll, there is a flexible metal structure that can be bent in various ways to shape the doll. The plant grows in different ways with seeds in it of your choice. It symbolises us, humans, that we belong to nature and we flourish new lives even when we are dead.

‘Buddy’ comes with a user guide that explains how to take care of it. What it really is, however, a guide to encourage people to demand new and more environmentally friendly methods of disposal of their bodies when they die. Users will find useful information about these methods (on new projects such as Capsula Mundi or Urban Death Project and how they can contribute to them. In its core, the idea is to transform our rituals and disposal methods in the modern society — a change that can only come from the people rather than the conventional funeral industry.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Prepare early prototypes, design mini workshops where people design their own 'Buddy's and gather feedback.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

- I would like to discuss ideas and experiences how to best communicate about death in an engaging way.
- This project aims to facilitate a behaviour change. I would like to discuss with those who have an expertise on the psychological and social drivers of change.

Tell us about your work experience:

I am a product designer and MA student in Sustainable Design

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