Social Design Cares
Before researching an issue or a problem, I like to brainstorm a strategy to conduct my research and to later design. This project was a university project my team and I created as part of a medical design scholarship while in New Zealand where there are no shortage of health issues relating to lower income communities.
It's not so much a precedent for a design intervention to help women's safety, more a precedent on how to design socially which can be applied to any sort of problem or intervention. It's simple as the focus was on explaining it to young people so that they could grasp the concept and then engage in solving issues in their own communities, the communities which they were about to inherit and design for themselves.
SocialDesignCares.com was inspired by the desire of young people to help shape the world they were about to inherit, but never being given the opportunity to do so or be taken seriously. The idea was to build a platform which was designed especially to empower young people to submit ideas to the most pressing issues in their communities and allow them to engage in the social design process. If social design also involves social research, then the question raised here is how can we create places where young people are comfortable speaking out about their ideas and how can we integrate them into our social design processes.
A simple background to the social design process.