Diverse co-creators coming together.
To address issues that are created by inequity, we need to include individuals and communities affected. Each sector of society also contributes a different type of expertise and knowledge base that should be leveraged to effectively problem-solve.
What values and expertise does each sector bring to the table?
What are some of the barriers of access and power? How do we address those barriers?
Building humility and empathy.
Using empathy and humility to understand the problem results in approaches that are people-centered with minimal biases.
Empathy: the active attempt to understand another person’s perspective.
Humility: the willingness and ability to accurately assess oneself, acknowledge gaps in one’s knowledge, and be open to new ideas.
Defining and assessing community needs.
The better we can understand a community, the better we can narrow down needs and the root of why they are not receiving those needs. We can then use this step to begin designing a way to improve futures.
What community are you designing for?
What are some of their values?
What barriers do they face?