Design for Agency is a design practice that uses collaborative methods to work with communities and groups to explore the potential impact, or agency, they might have with the short and long-term issues in their lives.
We approach these goals by employing the capacities of strategic, service and communication design tools.
Success in today’s context means anticipating futures and adapting to the rapidly changing social, economic and environmental landscape. Design for Agency believes impactful social change occurs only when people are empowered to take greater agency with their lives.
We employ methods that allow individuals and groups to manage various aspects of their own lives with creative collaboration.
Our process begins by surveying those who should be involved, to gain insight into the context to identify areas of need. With the help of these stakeholders, We lead creative problem solving workshops, encouraging exploration, play and creativity to explore urgent topics. This process is intended to help those involved create incremental, yet innovative solutions to age-old problems, like waste management or saving money.
These solutions act as entry-points into the possibilities that can address our daily and lifelong problems. At the same time, these approaches attempt to disassemble barriers that have traditionally stifled paths of collaboration between people, leading to lasting resilience on the neighborhood level.