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Community Co-design: YouCanKingston (UK)

Designing *with, not for,* communities.

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Social design agency thinkpublic created the YouCanKingston project to engage local residents in identifying challenges and co-designing responses to better community health and wellbeing. The project was centered at the Cambridge Road Estate where there are striking levels of deprivation and ever widening levels of health inequalities. The community was engaged using branding and murals on blank walls around the estate. Social media and short video interviews were used to gather feedback from residents to draw out key challenges that would inspire ideas and responses to leading healthier, more active lifestyles. Resulting suggestions included an estate farm, seed-swapping, a graffiti wall and a skills exchange for residents in areas such as gardening, dance and computing.

Besides addressing the needs of community health and wellbeing, this approach exemplifies the notion of designing *with, not for,* communities. What other examples do we know of this more inclusive strategy in seeking community solutions?

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Very interesting Nicole. Perhaps participatory budgeting deserves its own Inspiration post?

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