In ‘Steal like an Artist”, Austin Kleon writes “Write the book you want to read”.
As a young’in trying to navigate between the two seemingly disconnected worlds of the creatives and the realists/strategists/academics, I hope this blog serves as a platform for inspiration for those who are also dappling in the not-so-obvious connecting points between these two spaces.
Art and design serve as my vehicles to ask the bigger questions in life: it’s not only about finding the necessary solutions for today’s biggest challenges, but designing those solutions to ensure dignity, increased connectedness and empowerment. This blog will have a heavy focus on human-centered design, service design, systems design, and the methodology of design-thinking.
design x social innovation.
This blog will define ‘social innovation‘ as simply to design products, services and systems to better serve people in a more holistic and empathetic way. This definition is grounded on the assumption that we can indeed design our world, and that we could role-play as architects to challenge ourselves to tackle challenges differently. Social innovation, in comparison to design, is more strategic and business-oriented, asking questions such as ‘is this solution sustainable?’ or ‘is it scalable?’. However, as this blog with explore, we need a balance of both mindsets to curate truly inspirational and impactful experiences.
… And yes, this is the blog I have been waiting to read, so I thought I’d write it.
I hope you find tid bits of inspiration here and move on and make it completely your own.
About the author
I strive to collect experiences, and only material things that I am inspired by.
In all my 23 years, I have aimed to work in international development in the most conventional sense: either through non-profit organizations, addressing public policy, or through the United Nations. It was not until I took a few classes at the Emily Carr University of Art & Design in the fall of 2012 while finishing my Bachelor’s in Political Science at the University of British Columbia, that I started to uncover a deep interest in connecting the two disciplines together.
I strongly believe that real impact goes beyond just saving lives; real impact delves in a magical space of uplifting individuals to empowerment and self-confidence.
…and I get called a hippy quite often. I take it as a compliment.
– Terrie Chan
(Based in Toronto, Canada. Always open for a cup of coffee and good conversations, leave me a comment :))