Stories archive

StorySpend time with people

by Sarah, June 6, 2015

Using keyword search… Read on

StoryRecruit People

by Sarah, June 6, 2015

Cast a wide net.Figure out who might be experiencing the so-called pain, who used to be, and who has found clever work-arounds.… Read on

StoryFay and Problem (re)Framing

by Sarah, June 6, 2015

Fay lives on her own and is lonely some of the time, but is she socially isolated? Find out how spending time with Fay helped us to re-frame the problem statement. Learn how we re-define problems using four rules of thumb. Read on

  • tags:
  • problem framing
  • ethnography
  • Disability
  • Starter Projects

StoryBeaker's Musical

by Sarah , April 12, 2014

Beaker's musical would start and end with 'Down on the Corner.' That's where he's spent much of the past 30 years. How might we apply Stages of Change theory to Beaker's story? To develop new kinds of social services & supports for people like him? Read on

  • tags:
  • Toronto
  • homelessness
  • drug addiction

StoryJoe, the Maker

by Dan , April 10, 2014

Joe’s days are never quite the same: From feeling down and tired one day to performing at karaoke nights. Joe's stories gives us some clues about mechanisms of change like story editing, feedback, and contributing. Read on

  • tags:
  • Disability
  • Retirement
  • Penrith
  • Australia
  • welfare

Story"Who wouldn't want their kids to come good?"

by Dan , February 26, 2014

"Family carer?" Renée chuckles, "I guess that'd be me." She's been raising her 4 kids and a foster daughter. And puts a face on policies of 'Person-Centredness' and 'Independence' as she works her formal care shifts. But she'd rather celebrate Interdependence Day with her family and client friends. Read on

  • tags:
  • Disability
  • Community Care
  • Sydney
  • Australia

StorySalima's Unsatisfied Life

by Sarah , February 20, 2014

"I thought I was going to Europe to lead a satisfied life." Instead, Salima ended up at a domestic violence shelter. In Apeldoorn, a city she'd never heard of. Whilst shelters are designed to protect women from risk, how might they also help women to re-engage in community and build bridging relationships? Read on

  • tags:
  • domestic violence
  • apeldoorn
  • Netherlands

StoryMs. Mama Mae

by Sarah , February 20, 2014

Mama Mae has lived through 71 years, and just as many heartbreaks. But she hasn't let that get her down. What can we learn from Mama Mae's optimism, and how might our welfare systems enable people to feel more hopeful about life? Read on

  • tags:
  • United States
  • urban
  • older people
  • welfare
  • Austin

StoryRita, Angie, and the Drop-Ins

by Sarah, December 24, 2013

Are drop-in centers about too much belonging and not enough change? Learn how we applied social capital theory to the stories of Rita and Angie - and what that could mean for how we design services with folks who are homeless. Read on

  • tags:
  • homelessness
  • mental health
  • addiction
  • Toronto
  • Canada
  • Drop-in