An article for Stanford Social Innovation Review comparing what we learnt about social problem solving our tour of North America and how it compares to what’s happening in Australia.
TACSI gave the keynote address at the ‘How Public Design?’ conference in Denmark, organised by Mindlab as part of Copenhagen Design Week 2011. Hear Brenton and Carolyn talk about Radical Redesign and Family by Family.
Beverly Head, writing in Government Technology Review, contrasts the approach used to create Family by Family with more usual approaches to IT development taken by governement.
Family by Family is on the search for an awesome start-up team. Applications due 29 July. Help us spread the word!
Earlier this week the 7pm Project ran a feature on Family by Family in Australia. Thanks to all the families that took part in the filming and to all the families from across Australia who left messages on our Facebook page.
The Family by Family “Doco” (as we say in Australia) is now online. Hear the families and professionals we worked with introduce Family by Family and go behind the scenes to hear about the approach behind the project. Available in 10, 16 and 25 minute versions for your viewing pleasure.
We’ve finished prototyping Family by Family and moved into the build stage. Whilst we’re running numbers and building the business case why not download our latest project paper and tell us what else you’d like to know about Family by Family.
How does context shape social innovation? The LIFE programme is a new approach to family crisis in the UK, much as Family by Family is a new approach to preventing family crisis in Australia. There’s lots to learn from each other.
It took a while to get there, but finally we have some promotional materials that are helping us get across the key messages of Family by Family.
A month ago today we were in the Adelaide hills starting our first training camp for ‘sharing families’ – families looking to work and volunteer for Family by Family. A shortage of families able to attend meant that it nearly didn’t happen. Three weeks later we ran our Second Spring Starter Camp, this time with nine families, and this is what it looked like…
We’re in week 3 of the Family by Family prototype and are often asked: How will we measure success? There’s lots of different ways, but we’re particularly interested in how to capture changes in the behaviours families deem important. We’re now on iteration 5 of a measurement tool, and this week, will work on iteration 6!
A storyteller, improvisation teacher, and life coach walk into the studio… It’s not meant to be a set-up for a joke, just the set-up for our week! This week we’re trying to answer the question: what kind of strategies and techniques could families draw on to help other families adopt thriving behaviours?
See the film of how we developed the Family by Family concept and download the paper that serves as our starting point for prototyping.
Live Futures asked ” What future do we want?” and “How do we get there?”. I shared four tools we use to get to the future; co-design, comparing behaviours, prototyping and, surprisingly for me, building on the evidence of what’s worked elsewhere.
I left summer school with some new friends, some new ideas, and some new questions: When is incremental innovation warranted – and when does it actually make it harder for radical transformation?
It’s been a big two weeks. A finished doctoral dissertation, a new concept for how to enable family thriving, a social innovation conference in Singapore. The common thread? Learning from, and talking about, the usefulness of failure.
Our first family project paper is ready for public consumption and feedback. Let us know what you think!
The latest photos from our family thriving project in South Australia.
Our family learning festival was a success. Not everything worked. We engaged parents and we engaged kids, but we didn’t always engage families. Co-design in and with families is hard work. We have a few hunches as to why…
Is spending the week pinning posters to a tree too banal for a highly trained social worker? We were out and about this week getting ready for our Family Festival, raising the question: what does event management have to do with social innovation?