Metadesigning For Children
Sixth meeting held with Hyaesook Yang, Dan Griner and John Wood on 14th February 2022
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- Hyesook had interviewed Phoebus and he focused on technological issues (just as Lois had done).
- This raised the idea that maybe kids understand design as doing things rather than not doing things.
- Hyaesook mentioned Papanek's book The Future isn't what it used to be and noted that families seldom discuss real (long-term / big) futures. Discussions of the future tend to be holidays etc.
- John wondered whether this also connects to the popular assumption that design solves problems. If so, maybe a primary shift might be towards the delivery of opportunity, not solutions. Are technological solutions a basis for creating opportunities?
- Is metadesign a potential way to leapfrog the immediate/narrow debates?
- (we discussed the battleground of trucker versus green vehicle - see above example of 'rolling coal' to express disapproval of hybrid vehicles).
- Dan asked how a child in the truck might answer these questions.
- John's suggested new question: "How could we re-design adults to be better citizens?"
- One problem/habit adults have is to avoid answering difficult questions - but children seem not to have this tendency.
- Adults also are able to deflect difficult issues (see the film 'Don't Look Up').
- We had previously agreed to interview children using the following four questions:
- What would your favourite future look like?
- How could we make the future look like this?
- Do you have any other suggestions for making the world a better place?
- Do you have a question for us?
- Hyaesook did the interview very informally but plans to be more formal next time (also with 2 other children)
- John will also do more interviews.
- We had agreed to meet in 2 weeks on 7th December - having gathered some children's answers to the above questions.
For Next Time
- MORE INTERVIEWS - maybe also categorise kids (town/country/girls/boys/younger/older)
- USE DAN'S BOOKS - maybe use them to locate gaps in the children's books?