UFISA

UFISA intensive courses

Intensive course

The first UFISA intensive course was organized at CPUT in May-June 2013. It was titled Community-driven Co-creation and it lasted for two weeks. There were students from Finland, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana and teachers from three partner institutions: CPUT, Polytechnic of Namibia and University of Botswana.

The first intensive course at CPUT focused on the process of co-creation within a community driven context. Students examined their own context and assumptions as a point of departure before investigating the principles of community-based design and innovation within a Living Lab approach. Service design was explored as a methodology for social and community based research and co-creation. Aspects of service design, such as personas and user-centered approaches in the co-creation process were also explored. During the course participants focused on the practice of service design, the importance of context, aspects relating to community driven co-creation, the role of technology and the importance of reflection.

 

A second UFISA intensive course was organized at the University of Botswana in March 2014. The course was titled Service Design with the Community. Click here for course programme (.pdf).

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The second intensive course offered as part of the UFISA programme focused on using a Community Centred Design approach (CCD) and service design processes within a community context, to build sustainable socio-economic models. Students examined their own study context and personal interpretation as a point of departure before investigating the principles of Community Centred Design and innovation within a Living Lab approach.

The course highlighted the project as a Living Lab, where the aim is to establish how service design may improve the quality of life in rural areas by involving local communities in targeted steps of the solution development process, in order to support community craft based activities and empower the needy people.

 

In October 2014 it was Polytechnic of Namibia's turn to host a UFISA Intensive course, this time titled Live Design, Transform Life. The course focused on imparting and applying a Participatory Design approach (PD) and service design processes within a community context. The aim was to engage with a group of unemployed youth in order to build sustainable socio-economic services and technologies.  Students, from four different countries, examined their own study context and personal interpretation as a point of departure for the interactions with the community members. They then worked together with a group of unemployed youth from the outskirts of Windhoek and prototyped services for them and the community. Read more about the course on an article published on the website of Polytechnic of Namibia.

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