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Co-designing tools to empower further, independent co-design: Collaborating with diverse individuals with lived experience of food poverty

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Publication date11/08/2020
Host publicationProceedings of the Design Research Society Conference 2020
Place of PublicationBrisbane
PublisherDesign Research Society
Number of pages17
ISBN (print)9781912294374
<mark>Original language</mark>English

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NameProceedings of the Design Research Society Conference 2020
ISSN (electronic)2398-3132


Food poverty is an acute, growing and highly impactful social, political and practical challenge for the UK in 2019. This paper describes collaborative design undertaken by researchers from the Leapfrog project and practitioners from Food Power, a national network tackling food poverty. In this paper we describe 3 elements of a substantial co-design research project. We describe how co-designers from very difference constituencies (in age and location) developed tools and resources that helped the voice of people in food poverty be more clearly heard. The aim of this project is for the clear articulation of the impacts of food poverty to effect policy and policy maker. Helping in the long term to remove the need for food banks and other tactical responses to systemic food poverty challenges. The case studies presented have wider implications for the creation of tools and resources to help co-design, mass
creativity and engagement at scale.