Luke Zimmerman MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2016

Aspirational Community: Designing civic conversation to cultivate human connection.

Since the 1960’s there has been a well documented decline in civic engagement in the US and a general decline in norms of kindness, good will and the perception of trustworthiness, which is social capital. This has been expressed socially as an increase in polarization and a decrease in voting, civic engagement and general volunteerism. These declines are leading to greater isolation of in-groups, the shrinking of communities’ circles of trust and a decrease in the quality of human connection.

How can we respond?

I propose we invest in our conversations by designing civic discourse with the cultivation of social capital in mind. My thesis proposes a prototype to frame and initiate a responsive, iterative process by which we can begin cooperatively designing conversations with foresight and a thoughtful use of technology in mind. Conversation structures, facilitation techniques, research and design processes are all directed to one end: to cultivate the quality of human connection for the purpose of stronger communities with thriving civic engagement.

Alicia Navarrette MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2015

Jake Mcintire MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2015

Jessica Stein MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2015

Jessica Riehl MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2015

Olivia Guethling CD MFA Practicum 2015

Crystal Rome MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2015

Emilie Skytta MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2014

Peter Tichnell MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2014

Jacob Richardson MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2014

Katie Mays CD MFA Practicum Spring 2013

Emma Conley CD MFA Practicum Spring 2013

Shannon Paine MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2015

Melody Rowell MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2015

Luke Zimmerman MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2016

Matthew McCasland MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2016

Asa Wright MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2016

Colin Cheong MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2016

Celina Coppetti Collaborative Design MFA Practicum 2017

Joel Newman Collaborative Design MFA Practicum 2017

Michelle Vorce Collaborative Design MFA Practicum 2017

Amanda Schurr Collaborative Design MFA Practicum 2017

Kailey Fry MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2015

Alicia DeMellier MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2018

Katherine Mitchell MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2018

Amelia Bauerly MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2019

Andrew Mears MA Design Systems Thesis 2019

Ophir El-Boher MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2019

Amber Marsh MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2019