Design and Rehabilitation, London, UK

 A pilot project for the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) to create a three-day design training initiative for people with spinal-cord injuries.

The workshop anticipated that working alongside people with spinal cord injuries on new models of design training. It aimed to focus on creative resourcefulness would yield knowledge with potential for widespread replication among other groups
of people whose independence, fulfilment and social participation are challenged, and who may need to be especially resourceful.

Through this project Yanki worked with Emily Campbell (Former RSA director of design) and product design tutor, Pascal Anson, here she acted as a project leader enabling people with spinal-cord injuries to learn about design thinking. Together, they designed and ran a three-day residential workshop in design for 8 people with spinal-cord injuries. The workshop encouraged participants to apply creative thinking and resourcefulness to their difficulties with the long-term goal of rebuilding confidence following their injury.

Supported by the Back-Up Trust the whole process gave participants the opportunity to unlock their creativity through a range of activities, in the categories of observation, analysis and opportunity. These included photographing 100 examples of the same thing, devising a cocktail to represent another participant and translating a work of fiction into a restaurant concept.

To follow the latest developments and download a report by Emily Campbell, please visit RSA’s website http://www.thersa.org/projects/design/design-and-rehabilitation