Today, although it's more possible than ever to express ourselves and share our lives virtually every second of every day, why does civic engagement still feel boring, ineffective, frustrating, and outmoded?
Project Citizen set out to design civic engagement for the 21st century. We conducted over fifty interviews across the civic ecosystem, studied various initiatives, and identified the major challenges to engagement. Our reframe asks, rather than trying to encourage more civic engagement—“get out the vote”, get in touch with your representatives, get informed—how might we highlight the places and the means in which we are already engaging?
Our solution enables people to easily share how they feel about their city and visualizes that public sentiment so civic leaders—both in and out of the government—can better focus their efforts. Ultimately, by bringing voting into our daily lives, our aim is to move away from a top-down structure of the past and foster more public-private-nonprofit partnerships.
Graduate Thesis ProjectIn collaboration with Tom Watson (co-lead), Misa Fujisaki, Nazli Goksu, Vishal Kumar, Evan Nixon, Christine Savignon, and Albert Tomasso. Thanks to our advisors—Michael Barry, Bill Burnett, Yossi Feinberg, and David Kelley.
A³ by Airbus Group, is an innovation and design center working on the future of flight. Their award-winning project, Transpose, aims to reshape the aircraft cabin and passenger experience with a modular architecture system. The concept allows for pods to be easily swapped in and out, so one plane could have beds for a red-eye flight, while another could have a restaurant, a co-working space, and even a gym.
Felt across the nonprofit sector, the power-imbalance between foundations and their grantees fundamentally challenges their relationships and effectiveness. It’s largely centered upon and affected by money, but the Packard Foundation aims to change that dynamic. We researched the ecosystem and conducted numerous interviews with grantees, program officers, board members, and venture capitalists. Our insights—in addition to those of our peer teams—helped The Packard Foundation deepen and broaden their understanding of their funder-grantee dynamic, and identified the best places to improve it.
In collaboration with Noelle Moseley, Neon Black Design.