We’re introducing ‘Change Design’ as a unifying term to encompass the many disciplines, activities, and institutions driving socio-political change and innovation. We see Change Design as a situation-based and action-oriented field of practice for navigating and responding to complex socio-political problems. It is an emergent and inherently interdisciplinary practice which is comprised of civil servants, activists and social designers.
What’s the big deal?
We’ve observed first hand that meaningful and effective contributions to sophisticated Change Design require a transitional step between education and work as well as an ability for multidisciplinary collaboration, but in practice, this isn’t always available.
While there is a lot of existing knowledge and expertise across Change Designers — civil servants, activists and social designers — the cognitive glue to foster global, intergenerational, and cross-disciplinary ongoing learning in Change Design is missing at scale.
We see this a risk: a risk to the social change momentum, a risk to the role of Change Design in social fields, and most importantly a risk to the people and communities we have a responsibility to serve and collaborate with.
“Design is ubiquitous; anywhere we look, we see design busy at work, from our hand-held devices to cities, and from education and health to food and agriculture.
Social theorists have not taken design seriously at this level; conversely, designers have gone about their task without sufficient critical awareness of the fundamental fact that what they do indelibly shapes the kinds of subjects we become, the ecologies we inhabit, what we enable or destroy – in other words, as design critic Anne-Marie Willies puts it, that design designs: we design the world and the world designs us back.”
ARTURO ESCOBAR | DESIGNS FOR THE PLURIVERSE
A Layered Learning Journey
All too often continued learning occurs through lecture, a reading, a single bootcamp or workshop, however the evidence is clear that people need multiple and repeated dimensions to absorb and apply new skills. We’ve created a layered learning model that provides a diversity of learning experiences. The Residency will provide a platform for people to participate on their infinite learning journey as both teachers and learners.
Explicit Learning - from experts with multiple references points to learn both foundational content and latest advancements in the sector
Participatory learning - on real-time projects to learn by doing
On-demand learning - as you go, just-in-time from mentors with a ‘balcony view’
Peer-to-peer learning - with complimentary-sector buddies and with like-discipline learning clusters
Self driven learning - through crowdsourced resources provided across The Residency collective
The Residency will continually co-build foundational learning in the interstitial topics that allow for exceptional Change Design. This is our working list of content that will be further shaped through collaboration and research.
Power Dynamics and Distribution
Genuine Multidisciplinary Collaboration
Systems Thinking and Systems Change
Participatory Co-design with People With Lived Experience
Self-Determined Innovation with Indigenous Populations
Prototyping Policy in High-Risk Contexts
Implementation Science and Sustainable Design
Design for Outcomes-Driven Commissioning
Place-based and Collective Impact Approaches
Design for Accountability
Connections to Sector-Change Design In Action
Social justice and legal empowerment
Child protection and family well being
Public sector health
Ageing experience and populations
Housing and place-making
Open government & open data
Information/ data rights & equity
Public procurement and contracting
Public policy making and deliberation
A ‘Collective’ Operational Model
We are committed to a structure that encourages passion, integrity and creativity. At the core, the structure we have in mind shares power and invites you into an environment that gives back to you as much as you give to it.
Membership guides the collective. If you join us as a Resident, you also become a member. If you join us as a Collaborator, you also become a member.
Although we are starting The Residency, we look to you to guide it. As a member, you will gain resources, networks and ideas from The Residency. All members will have opportunities to participate in decision-making.
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