Newham's
Well-being

Acknowledging Participation: Role of Systemic Thinking in Design Justice for promoting participation. Recorded presentation of a service design project aimed at improving the well being of residents in Newham Borough using participatory or collaborative design methodologies

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Abstract 

The need to implement design thinking solutions at various levels of policy making has been rising over the past many decades creating the need for designers to question their role & methodologies when it comes to tackling agendas that are dramatically variable and sensitive. (Cornwall and Gaventa, 2000) This reflective essay aims at discussing scenarios where the involvement of design hasn’t particularly delivered a positive impact and how it can be tackled by using systemic thinking for social change.

Contents Introduction……………………………………………………………………...3

1. Role of Design in Participation ……………………………………………..4 1.1 Design Consultation- Conventional Methodologies

1.2 Types of Participation- Generalising Information

1.3 Consultation Fatigue & Design Injustice- a question

 

2. Role of Systemic Thinking……………………………………………………5 2.1 System- Give & take relationship

2.2 System Traps & opportunities

2.3 Acknowledging Natural Enablers- Participation

 

Conclusion………………………………………………………………………..6

 

Bibliography………………………………………………………………………7 Appendices……………………………………………………………………….8

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