Case studies


Supporting people who want to get to know new people by hosting dinners in their home.

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A Social Collaboration

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Example Project – Do not delete

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The Cave Studio

The Cave Studio is a redesigned meeting room in Sliperiet, an innovation hub. The space is about 4x4 metres and 3-6 participants can enter for an embodied ideation session. The space includes interactive surfaces with various sensors and outputs (light or sound effects) and the Emobied Ideation Toolkit: a set of non-descriptive objects designed for ideation.

The EIT and the space can connect through magnets, triggering different spatial effects in the room. With these characteristics, participants explore their challenge with the aim of creating a Transformative Scenario: a one minute video that shows possibilities for their challenge.

The space is part of an online service-system that allows participants prepare and reflect. Online, they can book the space, co-define a challenge online and to receive the Transformative Scenario after their ideation session.

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Captured is a project that will provide homeless people with skills they’ve learned from volunteers such as photography or writing.

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Care After Prison (CAP) Bootcamp

Care After Prison offers services to support people to live crime free lives once they have left the prison system. They help people in various areas of accommodation, education, finance, addiction and much more.

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Camphill Crafts

Camphill Communities of Ireland is part of an international charitable trust working with people with intellectual disabilities and other kinds of special needs. The residents of the communities get an opportunity to learn various crafts. They make high-quality, creative products and any pieces that are made are sold in the store, at the annual open day and in local craft fairs.

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16 Days of Activism @ GCU Campaign

GCU Nursing Society led the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign in November 2015. The campaign focused on giving women a voice, allow- ing them to share experiences and discuss the role of healthcare professionals in the fight against abuse towards women.

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The Soup Kitchen

The Soup Kitchen Society was established at GCU Students’ Association in October 2015. The society started off with a small member base of 6 students, however the committee worked hard to generate interest among their fellow students and now have over 30 members as a result. Before being formally activated as a society, members had to raise much of their funds on their own, taking part in many fundraising activities such as bake sales and GCUSA’s LOST event.

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Glasgow Wood Recycling

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The Unusual Suspects Festival

The Festival is all about collaboration, about looking for those unlikely connections that can provide inspiration and catalyse breakthrough thinking and actions.

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The Only Way is Ethics – Glasgow’s 8-Day Festival

The festival has a firmly ‘green’ perspective and a strong focus on social responsibility, social inclusion and animal rights. The aim is to generate

a city-wide conversation, by asking the question, ‘How can ethical thinking make Glasgow a better place for all?’.

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The Caledonian Club

The Caledonian Club is Glasgow Caledonian University’s multi-award winning widening participation and community engagement initiative, working across our local communities in Glasgow and London.

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Beith Community Development Trust

Beith Trust aims to improve the health and mental fitness of the community through the regeneration of social, environmental, financial and physical assets.

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The Well Project

The Well Project is a project still in the ideas phase. The idea is to co-sell 18.9 litre water coolers to schools and businesses with the aim of donating all profits into the area of well construction in the parts of the world that need it the most. The vision is to see businesses and schools have water coolers which are paired with wells in developing countries which they have been funded by drinking our water.

The project’s founder has been invited to this year’s Global Engagement Summit which is being held in Chicago. Out of thousands of applicants from across the world he has been selected to present this project idea to some industry experts.

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Community SOS

The “Community Sos” project aims to connect people in need of help with volunteers, citizen, municipalities and NGO in the aftermath of a man-made or  a natural disaster via a social media platform. With a focus on the refugee crisis, our goal is to implement a solution that will facilitate their integration and their interaction with the host community.

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[X]changing perspectives

[X]Changing Perspectives is an interactive product-service-system for participatory sensemaking in multistakeholder dynamics. It consists of 15 tracking tables, each with 6 interactive tokens, and 1 dynamic visualisation.

The system is used in participation settings in which the public good is atstake, allowing different stakeholders to gain insight into each other’sperspectives, skills and approach; herewith eliciting holistic grounds for constructive and complimentary collaborations to benefit the public good.

The system is a design-research part of the PhD project by Philémonne Jaasma and Evert Wolters within their co-promotion on Embodied Design for Participatory Spaces.

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The Honesty Box

The GCU Students’ Association Chess Society was established in November 2015. Since being formally activated the club has grown in size quickly, with over 20 members signing up in just 4 months. Based on their achievements, the society was presented with the Best New Society of the Year award at The Big Ball 2016.

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What we eat

The project “What we eat” arises from the need, identified by social services of the Aveiro City Hall, to intervene at the level of eating habits in children, sensitizing them to the importance of healthy practices in their development as human beings.

A report from the Portuguese Ministry of Health released in 2006 stated that programs promoting healthy eating and physical activity so as to prevent diseases are key instruments to meet development goals.

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HeadstARTS are a social enterprise that empowers and enables people with intellectual disabilities through the arts. They offer sessions in art, drama and dance on a weekly basis. In Ireland there are 27,500 people with intellectual disabilities,” The Special Olympics have 11,000 members. So that leaves around 15,000 people with no creative outlet.

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The ”Ideating in Skills” (”IiS”) is a product designed for open-ended play in order to be a tool for ideative design activities. It is composed of a set of tangible interactive objects that can be used to explore scenarios in a one-on-one situation or in a larger group of people. This product aims at facilitating interactions between people by overcoming communication barriers. With this product, people use a set of define object that have been created to represent a mood/skill. Selecting and using an ob- ject allow the user to express their feeling through embodiment.

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Closer to Nature

Dementia is a serious degenerative neurological condition that a ects cognition and memory. Along with the increasing of aging population in modern society, the growing population of seniors su ering from dementia living in a care home indicates a challenge to design natural and pleasant living experience.

Project Closer-to-Nature aims to combine the natural soothing e ect of nature and the principles of animal therapy to provide an opportunity for those who are not able to leave the care home readily, to feel more connected to nature, in order to provide for a better quality of life. The installation achieves this through a simple tactile interaction;  a water pump that pumps real water to feed the farm animals outside the window (large screen). Due to the low engaging threshold and the simple interaction this installation should be attractive in several stages of dementia.

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