Skype design workshop session with community in South Africa

This project explores how the circular economy and ‘open’ design-thinking can empower communities and offer a practical solution to local waste problems whilst catalysing a range of development opportunities.

The project aims to develop a local making resource or workshop that uses low cost, accessible technology and processes to manufacture products utilising local resources as feedstock. Products are co-designed in a collaboration between the community and designers and makers in the UK taking into account the needs and values of the community. Blue prints and material recipes can then be shared, adapted and ‘re-used’ to benefit other communities.

As such the project is not only about adding value to the individual case-study community, but also explores how the use of technology could ‘openly’ make a difference to communities in the future by sharing models and resources through internet enabled platforms, tools and methods.

The project is a collaboration between Community21 / University of Brighton lead by Nick Gant and Dr Ryan Woodard, The Dreamcatcher Foundation with funding from the Utopia Foundation.

The project hopes to produce an 'open-source' toolkit following testing with our case-study community in South Africa in 2017.

Watch this space!

The Wiki-Waste-Workshop model

This is the model the project has devised to research (in collaboration with our project partners).

Devised by Nick Gant and Ryan Woodard 2015.