This project marked the end of the first year of the master programme, in which Studio Social (our team) worked on a project in the suburb of Bergsjön, Gothenburg. What we first thought would be a project about exploring if a maker space could become a reality and empower Bergsjön, later became a project that resulted of many small steps towards collaboration between a local organization and businesses. Inspired by the values of the maker movement manifesto (make, share, tool up, to name a few), we worked towards creating value for and with the community.
Using a multi-stakeholder approach and by immersing ourselves in Bergsjön, we held workshops where we got to know the stakeholders individually and what commonalities or assets we could work with. Through Business & Design hands-on methods, we were able to brainstorm, ideate, map, prototype and reflect continuously throughout the project process, while the tools and collaborative methods we tested, hacked and adapted, enabled us to get to know the context, challenges, and opportunities. In short, we used a mix of interviews, analytical tools such as business model canvas, value proposition canvas, and activity-based workshops.
Our focus on the project was to propose a method for different stakeholders to take first steps towards collaboration(s) to empower Bergsjön. As a grand finale, we gathered all stakeholders during a Collaborative Scenario Workshop where we had them ideate a possible future activity together. Making this first meeting possible was an important step that our group work enabled. All participants later received an updated version of the workshop’s method kit for them to use when they take the next step towards collaboration. We hope and believe that we were the catalyst for this process and that they are better prepared for the next phase of the journey together.
• Exploration. Review of secondary research (literature review, review of previous projects in Bergsjön).
• Immersion. Primary research (interviews with different stakeholders), working on-site at the Bergsjön office.
• Ideation. Brainstorming, mapping, group activities with other stakeholders.
• Prototyping. Developing the concept of our project through different business & design methods.
• Testing. Facilitation of workshops and testing our concept.