I am just back from a few days in Lithuania. I was invited to join Social Design Platform, a 3 day seminar and workshop on social design organised by Dovilė Gaižauskienėv and Jurga Želvytė, and joined by social designers Tabo Goudswaard, Paul Gofferje, Tau Ulv Lenskjold and Ainė Petrulaitytė.
The first half was a seminar, where we each presented our work to students of Vilnius Arts University. The feedback from the students made me realise how lucky I am to be working in this field in the UK, where there is already a strong scene advocating for the use of design methodology in the public or third sector. At the end of the presentations, one student came to me, visibly emotional, and said that she felt she now had a sense of purpose. I was really touched by it.
The second half of the workshop was spent in a beautiful house in the Lithuanian countryside, where we worked together to investigate, through immersive research, new possibilities for Rukla, a town lacking a sense of identity, belonging, and life, besides an army camp, a refugee centre, and a transient local community.