Navigating Care in Social Design: A provisional model

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The aim of this paper is to show how the value of social design lies in the approach’s ability as a caring practice to foster change for vulnerable groups in society. Yet, to achieve such change, social designers must have a navigational tool that allows them to identify and steer through some of the value conflicts that are typically involved in public service care provision. To substantiate this claim, we rapport from two recent social design projects in the public sector dealing with care within criminal justice and healthcare. Building on these two projects we propose a provisional model for navigating care throughout a social design research process in accordance with an organizational level, a professional practice level and an interpersonal level.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordes 2019: Who Cares?
Number of pages10
PublisherAalto University
Publication date4. Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 4. Jun 2019
Event8th Bi-Annual Nordic Design Research Society Conference - Aalto, Finland
Duration: 2. Jun 20194. Jun 2019
Conference number: 8


Conference8th Bi-Annual Nordic Design Research Society Conference
Internet address
SeriesNordic Design Research


  • social design
  • evaluation
  • co-design


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