Participatory design | Social Innovation

Capsule 2051 was a design response to the brief 'promote hope' in Lambeth. It consists of a workshop aimed at promoting positive forward thinking through visulisation within marginalised communities. 

Workshop series in Remakery studios Lambeth

Initial research led us to meet several active community groups, all working toward improving the lives of local people.  A common theme between all organisations was a thriving micro-community. However, we found that despite existing knowledge of their neighbours, each community space was relatively isolated from it’s surrounding organisations. We saw this as an opportunity.

The preliminary project target was to link up each uncoordinated group in order to form lasting connections so as each organisation could share facilities progressing toward a better established community framework.

Our secondary target was to encourage forward thinking. Having this understanding of time and alerting people to the power of involvement and control of actions taken toward both their own personal future in addition to the future of the areas surrounding them, was a major part of the project.



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Workshop tools

The format of the workshop involves visualization through drawing and collage, as well as a speed-dating-style conversation using prompt cards to discuss prominent social issues. We designed an easily transferable (and transportable) package including playing cards, an instruction manual, collage materials, prompts and a wooden box. We uploaded videos and project news to the Facebook page and website we had created.

We proposed that this data would then be re-displayed in 2051 as documentation of the collective feelings, fears and hopes of the elapsed present day toward the future. In the lead up to that point, all accumulated material would be used within conversation with relating institutions such as schools, hospitals and councils in order to better promote and popularize the social imaginings of communities which may have been neglected or overlooked in past conversations.