My research interest is connecting people through design. I have been investigating the idea that a single kind act can start ripple effect of kindness that radiates through a community. My research aims to trigger that initial kind act. This community design piece aims to solicit kind acts in exchange for goods and services. I began this work with this pop-up booth selling handmade goods in exchange for special tokens on which customers wrote kind acts that they did or promised to do.
This experiment was the main focus of my research at Iowa State University and is the basis for a method about which I’m currently writing and designing a workbook.
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