Jascha Rohr

Philosoph und Feld-Prozess-Designer

Schlagwort: participatory design

Interview for the Berlin Change Days

Recently I was interviewed by the Berlin Change Days team. Please visit their Webpage and register for a unique program of workshops and talks!

BCD: Tell me, who is Jascha Rohr, who is the person that we are going to meet in November 2010?

JR:I am situated in Oldenburg, in Northern Germany, and I live here with my family, I have a son. My background is Sociology and Philosophy, I studied in Germany and in England, London, after I was trained as a musical instrument maker in building lutes. And then, sitting in the workshop I noticed that my intellectual hunger wasn´t satisfied, so I started studying Sociology and Philosophy, and while doing that I founded my first business. That was the Permaculture Academy. Permaculture is a design approach for designing sustainable habitats. I started it to make this knowledge available in Germany.

But the Permaculture Academy was a small grassroots business and it wouldn’t be sufficient to sustain my family. Also professionally I became more and more interested in design thinking and participation and the power of generative processes. So together with my partner who is a landscape architect, we founded the Institute for Participatory Design. We had basically two main qualities in our work: one is participation while we understand participation not only as participation of humans but also of the context, the environments. So in our work we try to let the environment participate as much as possible, in the same way as we participate with people. The second basis is the design approach. Often participation is thought of as deliberative processes: discussions, dialogues; and we wanted to shift it more into the direction of design and action e.g. hands-on prototyping, drafting, writing concepts. Our goal is to enable everyone to work more or less with the same methods as professional designers, architects, concept developers work. So, that’s where I am now.

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FSL: your flatrate connection to the field

Workshop
Datum: 05.11.2010 09:00–16:00
Ort: Berlin
Veranstalter: Berlin Change Days
Speaker: Jascha Rohr, IPG
As change facilitators or design thinkers it is crucial that we understand complex processes with all their inherent diversity and interactions from within. In the Institute for Participatory Design we call the space in which processes develop a field (after Kurt Lewin, Bourdieu and others). In order to enable positive change we have to connect on different levels with these fields: with our senses, intellectually, emotionally, technically, artistically. This way we ourselves become a force in the field we want to bring positive change to. But entering a field takes courage, awareness, openness and hard work. To establish fieldconnection and therfore fieldintuition can be trained in a way that you stay „online“ rather than having to connect again and again. So similar to a DSL connection to the internet we train to aquire a FSL connection to the field of our work.

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New organizations and leadership through Participatory Design

The idea that change is a transitional phase between two stable states is ridiculed by everyday experiences in our globalized world. Constant change is the actual state of our living world. We should seek to comprehend, incorporate and develop that which makes life worth living through change, not against it. One way of doing this is by participatory design. Participatory design will change the way we think about leadership and organizational structures and is based on certain attitudes and methodological approaches which in part we already know and in part we still have to develop. The results of participatory design are not set products or structures but living processes in themselves and therefore represent sustainable change.

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