Well-Making and Making-well: building new approaches to inclusivity through co-creative social design

Date: 
September 22, 2016
Location: 
Wales House, 11 Rond-Point Schuman, B1040 Brussels, Belgium

To build new approaches to inclusivity through co-creative social design
Target Group: 
The main target groups include those from the themes identified below and selection criteria will be developed according to the degree to which applications represent these, or related, areas. We will be looking for a good spread of people representing organisation across Europe and worldwide. 1) Young people who experience mental health issues and their families/or those who advocate for young people’s mental health, including activists, artists, bloggers, mentors, volunteers etc. 2) Representatives from mental health charities, especially those working with young people and mental health. 3) Designers: social innovation Labs and Policy Design Labs 4) Representatives from policy think tanks/politicians 5) Health professionals and networks, particularly those working with young people with mental health issues 6) Those involved with community engagement work 7) University researchers and educators, including schools and FE interested in experiential learning through doing, and creative making as a means of self-realisation through collaboration. 8) Business, Social Enterprise, SMEs interested in working collaboratively to prototype and develop innovative co-creative solutions for health and social inclusion.
Impact and Outcomes of the Workshop: 
Impact will vary for different groups, but the list below is indicative: 1) Policy groups/politicians: increased understanding of the potential of social design and co-creation for mental health. 2) Designers: contact with designers and design thinking in the area of design for health. 3) University researchers and Educators: increased awareness of participatory research projects exploring social design and arts for health, and outcomes that might be applied to education. 4) Mental health charities and professionals: assistance/ideas for developing co-creative tools/approaches to young people’s mental health. 5) Community engagement organizations: networks and partnerships to help develop new strategies/activities to engage young people in working with mental health 6) Business, SMEs: exposure to new design thinking/ideas for applications to address mental health issues. 7) Young people/advocates/activists with and for mental health issues: strengthen networks with a range of professionals – from designers to policy makers.

The workshop, organized by the University of Wolverhampton in collaboration with Brighton University, will consider how design thinking might be applied to co-create new inclusive approaches with and for young people experiencing mental illness (anxiety, depression, EDs, OCD etc.) inside (and outside) mainstream education. It argues that no one size fits all, and that the interdisciplinary, problem solving, hands on approach of design thinking can help young people build skills, agency and self-esteem by working creatively, collaboratively and critically with others. It will also help design businesses to understand the user needs in terms of new tools, technologies, games and educational materials. This would enable businesses to co-create with end users (young people, families, and educators).

Agenda: 
Time: 
9.00 - 10.00
Agenda: 
Welcome followed by a series of short (10 minute) illustrated talks by the project team and discussions.
Time: 
10.00 - 10.20
Agenda: 
Refreshment break: networking opportunity
Time: 
10.20 - 11.20
Agenda: 
Workshop
Time: 
11.20 - 11.30
Agenda: 
Refreshment break: networking opportunity
Time: 
11.30 - 12.10
Agenda: 
Developing Prototypes
Time: 
12.10 - 12.30
Agenda: 
Discussion. Participants will be asked to contribute (in words and images) Key Learning Points from the workshop and ideas going forward.

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