I am a first year student in the PhD program in The Design School, which is a part of the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. After completing my masters this spring I spent the summer working as a design researcher and strategist developing bio-medical research equipment. I recently returned from conducted research in Rwanda in order to develop a systems based solution to address public health. Apart from my interest in research and strategy, I enjoy mountain biking, surfing, and rock climbing.
The level of systems awareness that is necessary for the process of ethically responsible design within a multicultural and globalized context has become an increasingly complex challenge. Adaptable frameworks and methodologies that transcend disciplinary boundaries are in need of development in order to comprehensively understand and develop strategies that identify, develop, and implement effective solutions that address the dynamic challenges of the twenty-first century.
Design has the ability to have a lasting impact; the question is: how can design be more effectively used to enable positive change? The focus of my research is to explore the numerous design and development methods, systems theory, and stakeholder participation processes in-order to contribute valuable knowledge to the process of assisting transdisciplinary teams to effectively comprehend and address the wicked problems that are evident in the dynamic world we live in.
The intent of the presented framework was to investigate the complexities of innovation, systems theory, mental models, problem definition processes, stakeholder theory, triangulation, and empathic approaches, in-order to develop a strategic framework for social innovation. This framework is intended to assist transdisciplinary research and development teams to effectively work with project stakeholders to develop innovative solutions that address the complex problems individuals, societies and organizations face. Solutions to be developed utilizing the framework, could be in the form of, or combinations of; artifacts, services, environments, operational processes, and communication and delivery methods. It is my hope that the disciplines that will find the framework, strategies, and tools most useful for social innovation projects are industrial design, engineering, urban design, architecture, and social entrepreneurship.