Naturehood: Discover the Nature of your Neighborhood: Reconnecting to People and Place
Further subtitle: Activating the creative capacity of neighborhoods through community action tools that empower neighbors to reconnect with one another and their local environment
Bower, Jenna Leanne
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Design for Sustainability
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Design for Sustainability
Bibliography: pages 103-106
"The aim of this thesis is to identify how the social, environmental and economic consequences of the consumer economy impact community development and to identify how grassroots initiatives are experimenting with solutions to these global challenges in their local contexts. The original focus was on how to better connect people in local communities in order to create and support grassroots sustainability initiatives. Primary research indicated that the first step towards collective action in local communities is to create space for inclusive conversations that build trust between community members. This thesis also explores the role of designers in activating the creative capacity of communities and aiding in community-based development by creating tools for neighbors to come together in conversation to mobilize their assets and articulate their collective vision. This thesis identified community cleanups and ecology tours as a way to bring social, environmental and economic justice conversations together in local neighborhoods through the creation of the Naturehood Tour and Litter Pickup program. This exploration culminated in the design of a Naturehood Challenge Toolkit, provoking neighborhood associations, organizations and changemakers to design a Naturehood Project in their community that reconnects neighbors to one another and their local environment through the use of design thinking, systems thinking, biomimetic thinking and asset-based community development tools."
Keywords: consumerism, design thinking, community-based well-being, asset-based community development, regenerative development, creative capacity building
CHAIR: Boylston, Scott
Christoforo, Faye Van Dyke
Design for Sustainability
PDF : 130 pages, color illustrations
Copyright is retained by the authors or artists of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.