Event Detail

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

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

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).

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