Give and take, a service designed social economy

February 23, 2012 at 4:59 am Leave a comment

Pic: ccxtina on Flickr

Christina Worsing is more than a social activist. A designer by formation, which is how I happen to know her, Christina has pulled forward this amazing initiative that is called “Give and Take”. Willing to revert object’s planned obsolescence [just a bad design strategy], they provide the service connection to recirculate “pre-loved” resources by setting the stage for “Ethical Economies” to happen. Based on the idea of formalizing “cambalaches” [how this is called in Chile] or swaps… Her initiative has created a whole rethinking of the service deployment that a social re distributed economy like this would have. This service strategy has been defined using the design process in creating touch points, diagramming system’s flow and conducting front-end research to understand all the individuals involved.
Pic: ccxtina on Flickr

So what is Give and Take?
“Give-and-Take is a community-based project that develops services, activities and events to circulate pre-loved clothing throughout the local area. Along the way we share ideas and thoughts on how to re-use, repurpose and rethink the clothes that pass through our hands. We do this by focusing on the social side of reuse. We’re designed for face-to-face interactions and transactions. We create small-scale, informal, and hands-on experiences, so people have time and space to meet others and gather ideas while everyday resources are being circulated.
” [Source: Give and Take]

Pic: ccxtina on Flickr
Not long ago, Sarah Brooks from “Shareable, Work and Enterprise” posted a great article about Worsing called: “ Swapping Clothes for Fun, Creativity, and a New Economy ” “The service system has three main components: the collection process of gathering the clothes, the curatorial process of sorting through them and finding matches between interested parties, and the programming aspect, connecting events to complimentary local community organizations.” Read about the brainstorming community sessions, prototyping the exchange dynamics and workshops that these designers engaged in in the following article.


Entry filed under: Environmental or Green, Ethics, Service Design, Social Design.

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Constanza Miranda PhD(c) design.anthro
* Currently @ DILAB
* Ex.VR @ Stanford's Center for Design Research [DesignXLab]
* Ex.Instructor @ PUC Chile [Design+Engineering]
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