The helpful (?) conceit of design thinking

‘Participation without redistribution of power is an empty and frustrating process for the powerless. It allows the powerholders to claim that all sides were considered but makes it possible for only some of those sides to benefit. It maintains the status quo.’ (Arnestein 1969)

  • What steps have we taken to prevent new dependencies from being created in this community?
  • How has this project/team sought out the pre-existing capacity in this community and built upon it?
  • How has this project/team made space for those it serves, giving them room to adapt and interpret the design process and shape outcomes?

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Head of Delivery @hackneycouncil @madebycatem. alumni @IIPP_UCL MPA graduate. Views are my own. Interested in change, innovation, leadership and digital

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Head of Delivery @hackneycouncil @madebycatem. alumni @IIPP_UCL MPA graduate. Views are my own. Interested in change, innovation, leadership and digital

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