I've always been interested and involved in creating design for social change, particularly using technology in not traditional environments so I constantly use my expertise to seek out opportunities to give back. After having 2 Masters I wanted to pursue a PhD in user experience, making better experiences for people with learning and physical disabilities and different cultures. A tall order I know, but I believe it's attainable. At UEL (University of East London) I had the opportunity to be a part of SMARTLabs which works across sectors and disciplines to investigate and support positive cultural change. From traveling to Morocco where we build SMART shell toolkits that empowered women by offering cybercafés, to help better education and communities to working with eye scans for quadriplegics to use computer software. As I seek out new opportunities here in Seattle I've been inspired by several people.
Here's one...Emily Pilloton.
Emily Pilloton is truly remarkable and her work in Bertie County is a bold experiment that gave new meaning on how we can use design for positive change. Her organisation called Project H uses the power of the design process to catalyze communities and public education from within.
Watch her video, check out her website and be inspired to make a positive change.