Concluding Panel discussion at the Digital Bauhaus Summit 2015 "Designing Society" in Weimar with Johanna K. Jäger, Ulrike Guérot, Lisa Ma, Corinna Sy, Sebastian Däschle, Daniel Kerber, Sebastian Olma and Holm Friebe.
How can design become an effective tool for humanitarian innovation?
The focus of MORE THAN SHELTERS is on the creation of appropriate solutions in the humanitarian context and the efficient planning of emergency interventions. To do so the organization builds on design, meaning the contextual creation and planning of systems, structures and products. Such integrated planning and the inclusive design on different levels ensures participation of all stakeholders and affected parties and considers human habitats to be organic environments that need to be acted upon on all layers that define their reality.
With this understanding MORE THAN SHELTERS developed a threefold humanitarian innovation approach consisting of product design, social design and eco-system design. How these design processes can look like in practice and how they point towards a paradigm shift within humanitarian aid interventions will be the topic of this talk.
Guiding questions are thereby:
How can product design become a driver for improvement of human reality in emergency situations?
What social design tools and methods have proven to be successful in the field?
How can innovation be embedded in the complex eco-system of humanitarian response?
To illustrate the application of this approach and to show how answers to these questions look in humanitarian practice, practical examples from MORE THAN SHELTERS’ projects in the refugee camp Za’atari, Jordan and in post-earthquake Nepal will be given.
Daniel Kerber is the founder and director of the social business morethanshelters. Since more than 15 years Daniel works and researches at the interface between architecture, design and art, dealing with informal architecture and social design in slums and refugee camps. In this context he founded morethanshelters and started the design and development of a new modular shelter system for humanitarian needs. In November 2013, Daniel initiated morethanshelters’ second enterprise: the implementation of an innovation project in Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan.