When I lived in Ireland, I used to facilitate design workshops for communities solving local problems around Sustainable Development Goals (17 SDGs). What a drum roll in the hear it has been when people from all sort of backgrounds, design and tech newbies indeed, invent something meaningful for their communities.
But only when I worked in a school, I started to use physical objects in my workshops. It turns out that the magic happens in the room and in people’s openness to creativity when holding sticky plasticine and random things from home like straws, stones and nails.
This week it was a 90 minutes intro to Design Thinking through role-play about social impact initiatives in local regions in Lithuania, as part of Kurybinės Jungtys project “Community Dialogues 2023“.