Hi Group Members,

We are looking at social design in the context of the ELDERLY in Kuopio.

PALMU UnConference will be an afternoon session on the topic of design thinking and wellbeing. The case that will be discussed is a service design research project called "Service Design for Elderly".
UnConference location is The Kuopio Academy of Design, Savonia University of Applied Sciences atPiispankatu 8, Kuopio, Finland.

UnConference will take place on the 15th of September, 2010. There will be a morning lecture by our invited guest Garry van Patter from Humantific. The morning lecture will take place at Auditorium of the Kuopio Academy of Design at 9 am. Garry van Patter will discuss multidisciplinary innovation and visual sense making.

UnConference participants will have lunch together between 12am-1pm.

Afternoon session will start at 1.30 pm with three service innovation challenges:

How to find new ways to produce services for the elderly:
a) Rehabilitation from the hospital
b) Independent living at home 
c) Living at service housing


UnConference toolkit is available from Gwen van Gool.

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Our PALMU UnConference went well. I'm now looking forward to Milan :)
We had 23 participants working their hearts out in finding challenges, themes and participatory tools on service design for the elderly. We even managed to figure out some concepts.
Tools we used were: profile card of the elderly, clustering the themes. In the afternoon we had an innovation walk with a challenge related to each groups development theme

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