HERÄÄMÖ: Ethics, empathy and evidence at the heart of social design

HERÄÄMÖ: Ethics, empathy and evidence at the heart of social design

What are some of the special characteristics of social design and how and why should we address them in our design practices?

Event description

In this HERÄÄMÖ Melanie Wendland (Sonder Collective) invites the audience to dive deeper into the realm of social design, where the foremost intent is the satisfaction of human needs. Through her experiences from working design for global health, Melanie shares some lessons learnt and offers provocative questions on how ethics, empathy and evidence come to play in creating an enabling environment for participatory design processes.

The focus of this HERÄÄMÖ is on design. This time we hope that the participants already have some knowledge and understanding of design practices, but as always, everyone is welcome to join.

The event will be held on Zoom. In addition, we will stream the event live on Sitra’s YouTube channel. On Zoom you will be able to discuss with other participants and meet new people. If you would rather focus on listening, or if you do not have the chance to participate in the discussions, please join us on YouTube instead.

The language of the event is English.

Who is Melanie Wendland?

Melanie is a senior designer and strategist based in Helsinki with over 12 years of experience. Melanie currently leads design projects for Sonder and facilitates design process across organisations. Her expertise is in designing better quality of care services and systems in maternal health in Sub Saharan Africa and India. Her focus is on creating enabling environments for collaboration through design using her diplomatic skills and building genuine relationships with project partners.

What is HERÄÄMÖ?

Heräämö is Sitra Lab’s breakfast series in which we create shared understanding of how we might tackle wicked problems with leading experts in the field. The HERÄÄMÖ events are not only lectures but also contain interactive elements where you can network with other participants and share your own thoughts on the subject. The events are open to all who wish to broaden their horizons in relation to positive societal change and who want to network with others engaged with similar topics.

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