Designing the First Humanitarian Futures Exhibition

Overview ‘The Future Is Now’ is an exhibition that comprises of multiple artefacts and scenarios that speculated on what humanitarian operations could look like in 2030. The IFRC Solferino Academy and Open Lab at Newcastle University collaborated with an array of design agencies and curators to bring this exhibition to life. This exhibition is the result of extensive horizonContinue reading “Designing the First Humanitarian Futures Exhibition”

Supporting Qualitative Practices with Volunteering Communities Worldwide

Overview In 2018, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and human-computer interaction (HCI) research group, Open Lab, at Newcastle University came together in an exploration journey. As part of IFRC’s strategic planning for 2030, the organisation underwent a series of research and engagement activities with its 192 national societies. Part of these activities includedContinue reading “Supporting Qualitative Practices with Volunteering Communities Worldwide”

Engaging Volunteers Globally in Re-Imagining Humanitarian Futures

Learnings There are two personal takeaways from this digital deployment. Firstly, the power of ‘unplatforming’, seizing digital spaces that participants already use in their everyday lives. These platforms are often inexpensive and accessible, unlocking avenues for creative digital experiences to reach people at a larger scale. Designing with WhatsApp was a challenging yet rewarding experienceContinue reading “Engaging Volunteers Globally in Re-Imagining Humanitarian Futures”