Awesome Life Design is a social change initiative, based on the idea that our economy and other global systems, are systems indeed, and as such, can be re-designed. Simply, like organisations, or new models of phones can, through a process called Design Thinking Process, aka Human Centered Design.
Design Thinking is similar to a crime investigation process, but rather than solving how something happened, the designers are working out how to make something happen. It's a journey from an idea of something that doesn't exist yet, (like an iPhone or NASA ship, at the time) to the products we know now. The process can be used to design products, services or systems, and the original Human Centred Design proposed by IDEO, is rooted in human values, and respect for life and the planet.
Think about it: in nature, all animals and plants follow the natural cycle, thrive in Summer and restore in Winter. Humans are the only species that keeps on working every day, of every year, of our entire life, all because we believe in the mythology of economic growth and money. Money is a man made concept, if man made it, man can re-make it.
It's an intellectual problem, not a physical one, which means we don't have fly to Mars or dig to the core of Earth, all we have to do, is sit down and think. And while every organisation, community or government always have and always will have problems, we don't have problem solving departments, there is no job vacancies for problem solvers or philosophers. We believe thinking causes headache or that pretty girls don't think; we are told not to think too much, and leave it for others. Collectively, we obey, relying on our ability to adapt and to survive, not our ability to think.
There are already think tanks using Design Thinking to tackle social and global issues: IDEOorg, British Academy, +Acumen, and many more but our work is localized and separated. United, with collective knowledge, it will take 200, maybe 2000, even if 20 000 men, and a few years, but that's all that is really needed. We have all it takes, and we don't need a permission to think!
We need funds to help producing the following:
social media informative campaign #thinkaboutit
series of short films, a documentary or a featured: Employee no 865300, A Story of Human Working
online and face to face human design courses, with a focus on social and personal challenges
a website, blog, podcast and a video channel popularising the design thinking process, exploring and promoting factual, philosophical and psychological knowledge, inspiring critical and creative thinking
a development of a global collaborative design studio, and many more.
This initial campaign is raising funds to cover the fees and subscriptions to kick the start of the campaign, via Wordpress, Miro, Meetup, Facebook, etc.
Miro - interactive white board, 5 members,
yearly subscription: £480
Wordpress - Premium Plan offering a website with advanced design tool and space for audio and video,
yearly cost: £84, additional fee for email account @awesomelifedesign.co yearly cost: £40, total: £124
Meetup - a platform allowing to build a network of Awesome Designers,
yearly subscription on Unlimited Plan: £144, additional fees: venue hire and other meetings related costs
Facebook - 4 weeks promo campaign: £400
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