Design for Social Change Studio: Oxfam Australia & RMIT University
This is a communication design 3rd year studio offered at RMIT University. It enabled students to have the unique opportunity to work with Oxfam Australia to explore complex, systemic issues on climate change and food security through designing and research. Throughout the 13 week semester, the students undertook intensive design research, ethnography and fieldwork, which was synthesised and analysed through critical mapping. The students were required to design an innovative strategy that enables young people in Australia to see, feel and think about their enduring connection to the global communities who are affected by climate change, and help young people in Australia to take action.
The insights and strategy were presented to Oxfam on two occasions, one at mid-semester presentation and the end of semester presentation. These presentations were attended by Oxfam representatives who gave the students input, critique and advice appropriate to the assessment criteria.
If the strategies proposed by the students show potential, Oxfam representatives will discuss their choice with the lecturers and may invite those students to develop their strategies further, after the semester has ended. These students will be consulted and involved in further developing their strategy for Oxfam’s GROW / Climate Change and Food Security campaigns and be part of influencing their strategy.
The slides below were the presentations that were made to Oxfam Australia in June 2014.
Jennifer Smit: A treasure hunt
Jared Ow: #changechallenge
Celeste Galtry: A new donation platform
Jennifer Thy: One mother, one dollar campaign
Marina Sellstad: Gamification Earth
Alexandra Kimpton: Flourish
Eliza Lambert: The Social Green Pop-up Bar
Ally Parker: Brand zero
Gabby Lovell: Queen Vic Market cooking school
Luna Hao: The vegan day planner
Rachel Gan: Hello Fresh activity pack + grocery delivery service
Rainie Nguyen: The 30 Day Challenge App
Hanxun Chen: The disappearing island public installation
Diamy Pham: Packaging tips for a busy lifestyle
Yi Cheng: Pop-up disaster showroom
Francesca Carey: Oxfam Tap
Mathias Kasambalis: Connecting people through public art installations
Monica Sutrisna: Craft food template for healthy eating
Pei Seen Chew: University organic market co-ops
Bo Young Lee: Plant Me
Patrick Lavery: UGLI pop-up stores
Open Table uses surplus food to create wholesome community dinners, bringing together people from all walks of life.
The project has been headed up by five RMIT University students and alumni aiming to promote community awareness; increase cross-communication and collaboration; and provide a delicious, sustainably-sourced meal for absolutely free.
The aim is to create stronger understanding and appreciation for our diverse community, and also to provide the opportunity to strengthen social skills for everyone wishing to participate more fully in our community.
On the first Sunday of each month, Open Table makes itself at home at Brunswick Neighbourhood House, 43a De Carle Street, Brunswick.