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visual advocacy : examine : research + readings

visual advocacy : examine : research + readings
August 28, 2014 nick howland

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Thoughts on We Are Superman.

• you have to close the gap
• we are the solution
• be aware the cultural center of an area
• can’t isolate poverty, you have to find a solution
• think of the individuals…their stories and their prospectives
• the small problems cause bigger challenges
• individual, unique shops, with a few larger anchors
• public policies caused some of the problems that continues to plague the area
• know the history
• disinvestment = when people are left in an are that is not cared for after others move out.
⁃ essentially the creation of a ghost town
• look at where the money is going within the community
• what do people believe in? what is their core belief? what drives you?
• there’s a difference between income and wealth
⁃ this is generational
⁃ most people in the black community has to start from scratch
• what is missing in the community? what doesn’t work within the system?
⁃ what is the equation? what adds up to the solution?
• what is your vision of yourself? of your role in the community? what is your part?
• Anita Maltiba = green zone
• we have to empower people to make a difference, we cannot do it alone
⁃ there is not just one savior when it comes to saving / rebuilding a community
⁃ people have to realize that it is up to them to fix the problem…you cannot just sit back and pass it along to someone else
⁃ know what people can do in their communities so that they can use their skills to help build back the structure and rejuvenate the area
⁃ “what are you doing and what do you want?”
⁃ “what are your resources?”
⁃ “what are you doing now to help fix the problem?”
⁃ DO NOT ASK “how can i help?”
• establish a collaborative relationship
⁃ you have to look and see what is being done and then work with the people dining something similar
⁃ “who are you collaborating with?”
⁃ 1 group with many people working together with a central drive works better than 15 groups trying to accomplish the same or similar goals.
• remember that you are in someone’s home
• you must help change the community
⁃ what do we need to extract, what is precious, and what must we cast aside?
⁃ involve people, let the community contribute
⁃ promote the sense of togetherness
• father paisius
⁃ there is no substitute for the power of relationship
• there needs to be a hope for tomorrow
• provide opportunities / empower people
• inequity is a problem…
• cap the rate – a great example of success and involving community

• go to neighborhood meetings
• possibly reach out to the Man Class and see if they could use some help
• make the design reflect the cause…don’t over design it.

Thoughts on Design Thinking: A Useful Myth.

• “Never let facts stand in the way of utility.”
• Design thinking is taking a step back from an immediate issue and taking a broader look.
• Solutions come about when “come about when people find fresh insights, new points of view and propagate them”
• Anyone can practice “Design Thinking.”
• A holistic way of viewing problems.

Thoughts on Good Citizen.

• Anyone can practice “Design Thinking.”
• Self-censorship is real bad, dude.
• Also, prostitutes are super professionals.
• abstraction disconnects the viewer from the work

Thoughts on What Does Designing For Good Mean?.

• “questioning what we do and who we do it for”
• “good” is used in relation to a positive future, one that allows a sustainable world that supports everyone.

Thoughts on Designing For Social Change.

• To understand a community’s needs, we must understand the community, individuals, and environment.
• Build strong relationships with the community in order to learn how to help them.
• Show the people in the community that you are serious.
• Promise only what you can deliver, otherwise the result will be negative.
• Know the preexisting resources that you can utilize
• Meet with community members regularly to make sure that your designs / ideas are on base with their beliefs.
• utilize preexisting networks of people, or create connections with people of similar interests.
• chart the communities strengths and challenges, appeal to them with emotion
• take in the type, colors, composition of the community that you are surveying
• chart the communities strengths and challenges, appeal to them with emotion

Areas that I am interested in helping out:

– The Man Class
What is the existing situation?
– The class was canceled about a year ago due to a lack of funding but it was recently reignited
with a GoFundMe campaign. The class barely made it to the funding mark, though, which shows that awareness for the project still needs to be drastically raised. More people need to know about the program.

What specific problem are you wanting to solve or change are you trying to make?

– Continue to raise awareness so that the class can continue and won’t be hampered by lack of funds.

 

Why?

– The Man Class provides education to men living in the impoverished areas in KC. The classes provide the students with an understanding of how men should act in public as well as their responsibilities. This is important because many men in urban KC are raised without a father figures.

 

What changes could improve the situation? (this will evolve as you do research)

– Awareness can be raised through numerous social networking activities, having more of a presence on the internet (they don’t really have a website), possible posters throughout the area to show support, handout fliers, social events to further spread the word about the program, etc.

Change of conversation?

– The conversation is strong and well thought out, but the problem exists in that not many people know the message or about the progress.

 

Shift in understanding?

 

Identifying a need?

– See Above

 

– Make It Right
What is the existing situation?
– Going strong, the organization continues to rejuvenate the area and bring back buildings in an
environmentally friendly way. Sustainable homes are built for those who can’t normally afford
them. The homes are also healthy and promote a healthier environment for it’s occupants.

 

What specific problem are you wanting to solve or change are you trying to make?
– Continue to raise awareness of the need for housing and the use of the buildings surrounding us,
as well as educate people on the inexpensive nature of these houses. The more houses that are
built, the more cost-effective the solution becomes.

 

Why?
– A big problem facing larger cities is the lack of housing. This organization provides the
opportunity to counter that problem before it surfaces as our city continues to grow.

What changes could improve the situation? (this will evolve as you do research)
– Now that the process has fully begun and progress has been made, awareness of the success needs
to be spread so that the work may continue.

 

Change of conversation?
– I think the conversation is working.

 

Shift in understanding?
– A further understanding needs to be established.

 

Identifying a need?
– Spread the word and continue to raise awareness. This can be through pamphlets, posters, updating
the website. Progress needs to be shown, possibly through an inexpensive mailer, booklet, or an
additional page on the website.

 

– Turn The Page
What is the existing situation?
– The program seems to be fairly strong, but more book drives can be organized and more awareness can be raised, especially for more volunteers.

 

What specific problem are you wanting to solve or change are you trying to make?
– Get more people to volunteer for the organization so that more kids can experience the help. Continued aid is also necessary instead of one-off sessions.

 

Why?
– More kids can benefit from the organization and the wider the awareness, the more good the organization can do.

 

What changes could improve the situation? (this will evolve as you do research)
– More book drives, social media events, volunteer signups, broadcasted stories, etc. And much better continuous design.

 

Change of conversation?
– I think the conversation is working.

 

Shift in understanding?
– A further understanding needs to be established.

 

Identifying a need?
– Spread the word and continue to raise awareness.