Social interactions and relations

The potential of the initiatives to enhance, collaboration, social cohesion, conviviality, connections and sustainability.

Docklands Convivial Garden & Food Hub – Social interactions and relations

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Community engagement was a key factor to the success of this project. This engagement was enhanced through media having a general interest in promoting urban agriculture and local food systems. In addition, volunteer programs set up with two large banks provided ‘in-kind’ support through human resources. Community engagement is effective at achieving project sustainability, allowing for the transfer of ownership from developer to the community once the planning and implementation is complete. All the programs and infrastructure designed in this project, were co-designed in workshops and focus groups with the community, thus facilitating strong community engagement and community capital. (Sustainable Everyday & Urban Reforestation)

On the Edge Forum – Social interactions and relations

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The project brought together people in the food systems field; ranging from producers, distributors, consumers and business people.  (Sustainable Everyday & Village Well)

Shepaarton Food Hub – Social Interactions and relations

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The project brought together people in business, farming, community health and government to co-design this solution. The design interventions such as the convivial breakfast and co-design workshop brought about collaborative discussion and problem solving. This co-design process led to potential collaborative projects and outcomes because the users were engaged in the creation of the strategy.(Sustainable Everyday & Pollen Studio)

Khula App – Social Interactions and relations

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In the Khula project, emphasis was placed on using digital technologies to support and enhance existing positive aspects of the Soweto farming network. Thus the design for the final application facilitates communication with existing NGO’s and organisations active in Soweto, encourages social knowledge mirroring the strong social practices of African society as well as symbolically representing and literally describing the value of farmers to the broader Soweto community. (Design Society Development DESIS Lab)

BEANOR – Social interactions and relations

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BEANOR makes it possible to enhance social interaction in two aspects.: firstly, Intellectually Disabled People (IDPs) are more confident and happy through the planting activity; secondly, through the selling process IDPs are provided with more opportunity to communicate with other people in the community. (JU DESIS Lab)

Wangjing Endorsement – Social interactions and relations

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The project aims to establish a bridge between the target users and the farm, both online and offline. This could provide a convenient service for the target users to enjoy the high quality organic food. (JU DESIS Lab)

Vanke Kunshan Farm – Social interactions and relations

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The project is helping cold and detached citizens make new friends, expand interpersonal relationship networks and reduce negative emotions. (JU DESIS Lab)

Meihao Farm of Wanke – Social interactions and relations

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There are three proposals to form new social networks for people who have the common interest in urban agriculture. They help citizens to make new friends and expand interpersonal relationships. (JU DESIS Lab)

City of Greater Dandenong Food Strategy – Social Interactions and Relations

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The project brought together people in manufacturing, community health and retail to co-design better solutions for food sustainability in the city. The design interventions such as the convivial breakfast and co-design workshop brought about collaborative discussion and problem solving. This co-design process led to collaborative projects and outcomes because the users were engaged in the creation of the strategy. (Sustainable Everyday & Field Institute Melbourne)