Open Government Melbourne (http://bit.ly/LB6z8z) was thrilled to host an evening with Cameron Tonkinwise on Monday 25 June 2012 at Horse Bazaar. Tonkinwise is one of the world's foremost thinkers on service design for sustainability and the sharing economy.
Cameron discussed his work in service design and sustainable urban social innovation through the Amplify Project.Creative Communities around the world aren't waiting for governments and businesses anymore. They are creating more sustainable ways of living and working for themselves. How can we find, improve, and spread community-based solutions for sustainability?
Kesennuma, a fishing town devastated by the Great Eastern earthquake, Japan, is re-building its local businesses, particularly their dried seafood produce. As part of the i-club project (Tokyo Uni), I took part in a workshop in December 2012 . One aspect of the project is to promote different ways of producing dried or reconstituted seafood - I bought bonito and various seaweed products when I was there and made dinner for my husband and friends in Melbourne, Australia.
Good luck i-club and best wishes to everyone in Kesennuma!
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The Birds of a Feather project began late 2009 and resulted in a prototype workshop in the Southern Otways, January 2010. Since then the methods have been applied to communities across Australia through Dr Yoko Akama's research with the Bushfire CRC. In this interview with Dr Yoko Akama, and project partner Simon Pockley (Chair, Sothern Otway Landcare Network), we take a moment to reflect upon how it all started. This project was a Finalist in the Victorian Premier's Design Award 2012. This Award from the highest office in the state recognises Victorian designers and businesses using exemplar design effectively and sustainably.
Enabling Communities places the community at the heart of the design process, assisting them to develop their own strategies to collectively prepare for fire.
The project is a partnership among emergency agencies, community organisations, residents and RMIT researchers. Enabling Communities emphasises that everyone is creative and have latent potential to generate alternative solutions. The designer’s role is not to problem-solve on behalf of people, but to amplify their latent ability by catalysing and scaffolding change, and enabling the process to grow and evolve by inviting people's participation in it. This project was a finalist in the Victorian Premier Design Award in 2012 from the Department of Business and Innovation, Government of Victoria. This award from the highest office in the state recognises those using exemplar design effectively and sustainably.
Enabling Communities has been funded by the Bushfire CRC (2010-2013) and has delivered training workshops with AEMI since 2011. This research is part of DESIS-Lab Melbourne, an Australian-based node of the international research network that explores designing for social innovation and sustainability. This network is building a community of practice across diverse fields in design, health care, digital technology, education, business, urban planning and community development.
Community design: Field Practitioners’ Guide from Kampung Kampus
Tay Lai Hock, Founder and Kampung Chief of Ground-up Initiative and M. Ibnur Rashad, Co-Inventor of iBam and Kampung Scientist of Ground-up Initiative at the DESIAP (Design for Social Innovation in Asia-Pacific) event in Singapore.