• Designing for active engagement, enabling resilience and fostering environmental change

Phillips, Robert ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0743-6064, Abbas-Nazari, Amina, Tooze, James and Gant, Nick, 2020, Journal Article, Designing for active engagement, enabling resilience and fostering environmental change Journal of Design, Business & Society, 6 (1). pp. 43-70. ISSN 2055-2106

Abstract or Description:

Contemporary societies are increasingly distancing themselves from nature; driven by rapid urbanisation, biodiversity loss, lack of connection, industrialisation, loss of green space and parental fear… all factors are reducing our care/empathy for nature. Conservation and grass roots reporting highlight nature’s wellbeing, requires impactful citizen led responses.

Youth leaders of our time are holding up a mirror to adult humankind, stating ‘our world is on fire’, and demanding action. It is well known that interactions with the natural world provide health benefits, resilience, and prove transformative to our attitude, values and behaviour.
The My Naturewatch project facilitates people’s engagement with their local environment, and by doing so, helps its comprehension. Observations of nature help connect, engage, and foster custodians, at a time where growing separation from wildlife necessitates active engagement.

The work specifically challenges our understanding of ‘designed engagement(s)’, not as passive activities but as impactful active engagements, open to all. This article proposes criteria encouraging public participation within the natural world. It presents value to NGOs, change makers, design agents, individual agents and funding bodies.

Thirty experts from design, ecology, conservation, museology, engagement, rewilding, wildlife and community work, were interviewed, informing ‘design for environmental change through active engagement’. The work identifies design’s role, in creating interventions that better engage people with the surrounding natural world, yielding long-term mutual benefits. The objective fosters active public nature engagement, identifying barriers, opportunities, and pitfalls, leading to nature engaged interaction(s).

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Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W240 Industrial/Product Design
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W280 Interactive and Electronic Design
School or Centre: School of Design
Funders: EPSRC
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/dbs_00004_1
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2020 15:11
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2021 17:15
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4344
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