Kingston Health and Arts codesign workshop with MA Sustainable Design

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Kingston Health and Arts codesign workshop
Rose Theatre Kingston, 20 March 2015

Kingston University’s MA Sustainable Design were invited to design and deliver a workshop which brought together representatives of nine Kingston-based service providers from the arts and social care sectors. The goal of this workshop was to map out current activities and assets, and identify opportunities for collaboration to strengthen the role of the arts in health in social care in the borough.

The current challenge for Kingston health and social care was introduced by Councillor Julie Pickering, the local authority Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and the Voluntary Sector. The outcomes of the workshop, represented by the worksheets generated by the participants, provide rich material for the next phase of the project – the codesign of outcomes which creatively respond to the opportunities identified. This will require further workshops focused on ideation and concept development, to generate outcomes that can then be prototyped, trialled, and implemented in practice.

Robert O’Dowd, Chief Executive of Rose Theatre Kingston, which hosted the workshop, says: “Codesign is a methodology that enables individuals and groups to be empowered and engaged in creating new and innovative outcomes. It is an approach championed by the Design Council and leading design agencies such as Participle, IDEO, Livework and thinkpublic. Codesign in this case enabled workshop participants to share ideas and look at what they do in a different way.”

Dr Paul Micklethwaite, MA Sustainable Design course director, worked with three students – Ahsan Khan, Emma Welton and Rebeca Torres Castanedo – to devise and deliver a workshop format which used the spirit of codesign to create the basis for further productive collaboration.

Paul says: “This project is a great example of how we work on the course – we use participatory design-based methods to identify opportunities for well-researched creative response, and particularly enjoy taking design thinking and methods into new areas such as social care and wellbeing.”

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