My previous future-centered design projects have addressed design organizations and their potential for positive change. This not only means positive artifacts and products, but positive outcomes within their organizations and for their client’s clients as well. I carried this area of interest into my graduate study in Social Design at Maryland Institute College of Art.
Here, I focus specifically on the concepts of corporate social responsibility. How might we integrate society-positive actions and strategies within corporate business practices? As I postulated before, future-centered design is not just about a temporal future, but a relational future as well.
My thesis work begins with a problem definition: a clear, empirical, and specific articulation of this social problem to be addressed. I built a list of possible “whys” for this phenomenon with a 5 Whys Chart and a Levels of Analysis Diagram. Finally, the problem definition concludes with case studies of organizations and projects working in my area of interest.
The complete Problem Definition paper is here; the slides to the right are excerpts from a December 2016 public presentation on the topic.
Project completed within the graduate program in Social Design at MICA.
Faculty Advisors: Thomas Gardner, Mike Weikert