I miss the silent connection.
Waking up from the racing mind before my alarm goes off, I thought to myself. I am so tired all the times these days. The people around me says that, too.
I wonder if I am tired of making resultless effort of bonding, making connection; filling the emotional void with zoom calls, phone calls, loud chats across the streets, when really, all I need is just a hug. Just a mutual comfortable silence in the car. Just a feeling of firm arms of solidarity around my shoulders.
It is tiring. Reaching for something or someone and feeling like you didn’t get anywhere. It is tiring to do community work amongst endless marathon of social distancing.
I miss the silent company of people.
That’s what my loud mind was thinking this morning.
Summary of our first workshop with the community co-designers
The first workshop started with building an understanding of the past and present portrait of the community. Every design intervention works on top of existing context and history. So making a platform to share community members’ honest reflections on the community is a crucial step of co-designing. Moreover, this served as a good introductory workshop because hearing each community co-designer’s interpretations of the past and present provide an opportunity to learn about who they are. …
Brief reflection and takeaways from the street survey activities
My reflection on how to select community co-designers
Last week, I met with the community non-profit leaders to discuss the high-level plan of the participatory capital pilot. As this plan takes shape, the next step is to invite the community co-designers. For this step, there were some questions we had to answer. How many people are appropriate, what type of people we are looking for, and how would we ultimately select the final team?
Before I talk about how we selected community co-designers, I want to talk about why we needed to ‘select’ people (which in a way, exclusive) when…
My initial investigation on participatory communities
Enspiral is a non-hierarchical group of professionals who came together on the basis of shared values. One of my colleagues was part of the core group so I was able to learn more about how they operate. They have a core circle, made up of active members who are invited to join. The core circle holds the group together and sometimes makes operational decisions. Most of the decisions, however, happens with voting through digital platforms. …
Brief notes and reflection from the team kickoff meetings
This week, I had two kickoff meetings meeting the community team and project support team. I was introduced to the team members and we talked about our overall goal and next steps.
In this meeting, I met with Scott and Ashley of New Sun Rising, and Denise and Taris who represent Sto-Rox non-profit organizations. I was excited to finally meet them in person and hear more about their role and mission around community-based design. Even though they did not use the term directly, in my mind, what they are doing is…
How starting on the local community level design can change the larger system
When you are tackling a large complex problem such as financial inequity, it could be overwhelming where to even begin. Or vise versa, when you are working with a small town for community-based design, you could become myopic by the unique challenges of the individual participants.
It is easy to lose the forest for the trees. But then, how do I not lose the trees for the forest, either?
As a young designer, I am often distracted by larger system-scale problems (it is abstracted, therefore, fun to…
How do I start a year-long, self-directed journey? How do I start my thesis?
Coming back from a challenging big tech internship, I am excited to be coming back to the world of academia this semester. To me, the world of academia means I can do what is best for the world and try my best to push the idea as far as I can. It means that I can fail as long as I stay innovative and motivated. But it also means I need to figure out what is best for the world which is a daunting task.
Individual agreement for the semester & the notes from the readings from this week
My takeaways from the 3-day Microsoft remote hackathon that changed me
I participated in the Microsoft hackathon this year as a design intern. I never thought it would change the whole course of my internship, but it did. It challenged me, motivated me, and made me feel like I could truly belong at a giant company such as Microsoft. I believe the hackathon is a must for any employee, especially interns. Here are some takeaways from my first hackathon experience-
Carnegie Mellon School of Design, Pursuing Master of Interaction Design, Microsoft Product Designer