This trip is fueled by…
My belief that design thinking has the power to create transformational change for our aging populations and the challenges we face on a global scale. This has led me to focus on Human Centered Design in the areas of Health & Wellness and Social Innovation, in regards to how different communities approach design for the future of aging.
My Priorities for this year include:
- Explore aging in new ways — and set new priorities in the United States by observing communities in Europe and South America.
- Gain an understanding of the “Architecture” of aging communities and brainstorm human centered solutions to better serve them.
- Explore new opportunities for aging in place, multi-generational housing and multi-family housing that allow ALL people to thrive within their communities.
- Use design thinking to conceive and develop spaces, tools, processes, strategies, and programs that prompt behavioral and cultural changes, in regards to aging.
- Connect people in harmonious, meaningful, and emotional ways.
- Be empathetic and optimistic, make connections, collaborate and experiment.
What is Human Centered Design?
Human Centered Design, also called “Universal Design”, “Design for All” and “Inclusive Design” is an approach to the design process that enables one to understand, on an empathetic and intellectual level, our ability to empower people through the design of products, systems and environments that are usable to all regardless of age, ability or situation.
How I define Health & Wellness and Social Innovation?
Health & Wellness is an area of study that explores our growing global aging populations and sets new priorities in looking at the way we age. The average age of the population is increasing, but societal norms continue to marginalize seniors. Most seniors are mentally and physically active, but are isolated from society and no longer play an active role in their communities. Regardless of age they have a great deal to contribute.
Social Innovation by design is the act of developing effective solutions to poverty, nutrition, health, water and sanitation, economic empowerment and access to financial services that support under-served and underrepresented communities worldwide. Solutions must be scalable and functional and reflect the core needs of communities to insure sustainability, cultural understanding and acceptance.
I am so excited to take on this new direction in my work and life! This is just the beginning and I feel more passionate than ever about our future.
Thank you for joining me!