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Impact Through Creatively Led Conversations

For me a seed of social impact is participation – sometimes as simple as igniting a conversation.

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Someone I really admire who takes her own spin on conversations in public space is designer, artist and urban planner, Candy Chang. Last year she created a participatory public art initiative which provided voice to residents – sharing thoughts about what they want and where they want it. I Wish This Was encouraged locals to write their thoughts on fill-in-the-blank stickers and put them on abandoned buildings and beyond. A great way to spark conversations and nudge folks to imagine what their city could be.

She’s devised some fab initiatives including Neighbourland, Career Path & Before I Die – which all give folks an opportunity to pause, ponder and participate while allowing their thoughts to be share widely with others in their communities. She even influenced us, over on the OpenIDEO Team, to create the participatory sticker initiative, This Inspires Us, during our Local Food Workshop at the IDEAS Festival in Brisbane.

As we discuss the scope of social impact, I think it's worth considering small steps which influence mindsets and seed conversations alongside more comprehensive examples. And impact that any of us could get involved in creating – all over the world!


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