As public servants, it’s our responsibility to make sure the people who are affected by changes that we propose have a say in what those changes look like. Having made our marks in the fields of participatory and public service design, we want to tell you about our most exciting project so far; we are co-creating an educational program with and for young people in detention centers all across the Netherlands. Working together with teachers, social workers and incarcerated youth who all have different needs, personalities and perspectives isn’t easy. However, it’s the only way to create something that will be successful and meaningful. If you ever wonder why citizens won’t show up to your consultation events, struggle with engaging ‘hard to reach groups’ or ask yourself how to facilitate a deep and meaningful exchange with people who ‘did not sign up for this’ then this talk is for you.
Motivating Young Prisoners by Thinking Differently
Nina Timmers, Lotte de Haan
Innovation advisor / DJI / Ministry of Justice & Safety
Nina Timmers is a strategic designer for social impact, currently working in youth prisons and forensic care centres across the Netherlands. She has a background in participatory design and co-creation and strongly believes that the people affected by change should get the opportunity to shape it.
Lotte de Haan
Social designer / Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken (design agency)
Lotte de Haan is a social designer aiming to design meaningful systems, connections and programs by putting the enduser at heart or even in lead of a design proces. She aspires to reach a society that is more equal and understanding of a wide range of perspectives and realities.