Image: Sebastian Holmbäck and Ulrik Nordentoft. From Normann Cpenhagen website
Good design needs to make life better for us in some way — and that is not just about appearance. Design also needs to perform, to change our experience and fulfil its purpose.
Does the beautiful chair with its natural pine legs and elegant shape feel comfortable to sit in? Does the fancy potato peeler you bought from the kitchen shop actually work? A well-designed chair — or even your new potato peeler— needs to do the job better — and in doing so — somehow improve our lives.
As we fully engage with the new learning world, taking with us our old mishmash of broken furniture and ideas, we can see that nowhere is there more need for good design than in the ways we collaborate and think together. Impressively rising from the industrial rubble we have architecturally designed learning spaces and compelling digitally inspired pedagogies. But our ability to humanly engage in powerful dialogue — to really think together, to truly share, and to pool our intelligence not just our knowledge — this needs smart social design. As we make our own personal shifts from ‘me’ to ‘we’, ideas around the principles of social enterprise, social design, and social entrepreneurship offer us some direction.
Story Hui — designed for our 21st Century world
Story Hui has been created around a theory of social design (see MOMA Director Antonelli – Design’s positive influence on the world), and is a hand-in-glove fit with our complex 21C world of capabilities and work. The Story Hui process itself manages to elicit many of these capabilities in participants as they work together. It involves group storytelling that: