Ageing in Kensington: Exploring design for our future selves
1-5 November 2010, Royal College of Art
Part of AcrossRCA interdisciplinary collaboration week at the RCA
Team A's proposal for the LookHear campaign included design suggestions to insert new layers to the existing environment. The campaign urged people to think about how they can ask for help without being embarrassed. The proposal focused on the problem and used design to enhance the impact.
This proposal made the wisdom and knowledge of the older generation visible by engaging and enabling younger people. Wisdom Library is a local database that aims to encourage mutual exchanges and show younger people the knowledge older people have. The idea was inspired by the teams creative partner who has a depth of knowledge about local history and has been living in the area for over 35 years.
Gold Pal asks why so few younger people are involved in volunteering. The scheme works as a reward system to encourage younger people to be volunteers and work with older volunteers so that they can learn from each other's experiences. It aims to do this by rewarding them with local discount vouchers.
Another method to address the problem of younger people not volunteering is by using Ken Help. This proposal involves an online registration system for younger people to be 'guerrilla volunteers' and offer adhoc help to older people in the local area. Design for an ageing population is not only about offering inclusive products for consumption but also to offer important services to other people.