Here’s the big idea:

            "Society meets its greatest challenges by making full use of experience"


In thinking about the complexities of aging as a systemic issue it becomes absolutely necessary to begin to envision intergenerational services and solutions that begin to connect us and form stronger communities. Which is why it's always great to see it in action like in Experience Corps, which is a service where mostly retired adults go into schools to have one on one lessons with children who have trouble reading. We need more of this.


To create powerful opportunities for older adults to meet society's greatest challenges.


50+ adults in service to children are an integral part of the education strategy across America. Through this generational exchange, children succeed, 50+ adults thrive and communities are made stronge.


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Comment by Alexandra Velnidou on June 21, 2012 at 1:13

Arne, first of all thank you for your comment!

Briefly, I think that the role of service designers is critical in both cases you have described.

Based on my experience, I believe that the extend to which (local) societies develop initiatives in order to confront emerging problems or the related consequences, as well in order to utilize the "collective knowledge" (i.e. the skills of their citizens) for the improvement of daily social performance, depends on the rate that the current culture of each society includes solidarity and creativity.

Therefore, I think that we could and should enhance the growing of that kind of attitude where we see that this is needed through our personal paradigmatic action, that is to say working as "leaders-builders" for communities, while on the other hand we are responding to the challenges, as you rightly said, by "facilitating, steering and helping to materialize" solutions.

Also, I have to note that in my opinion the designers' offer should be voluntary for the purpose of social relief - improvement - innovation, as far as possible.

Comment by Arne van Oosterom on June 20, 2012 at 20:19
I agree on the challenge, and that the solution lies in communities. But do you think we are going to have to design and build these communities? Or do you think we are responding to a shift (in culture and behaviour), already taking place and fuelled by urgency, and we are more in the role of facilitating, steering, helping it to materialise?


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