The users experience is at the center is manifested in user-centered, customized, on-demand products, ser- vices, and lifestyles. Data-driven solutions emphasize this culture by offering specific solutions to specific needs. But this approach is only efficient and beneficial for individual problem-solving.

Societies are facing complex, interconnected and ambigu- ous challenges, which require negotiation between con- flicting stakeholders, values, and disciplines.

A new set of complex questions arises — from predictive medicine, to digital responsibility of corporations, to the climate crisis, and structural discrimination — businesses, policy-makers, and the public are introduced to challen- ges that can only be tackled collaboratively and only be solved with a strong sense of responsibility and trust.

Thus, this project focuses on collaboration and ethical de- cision-making in complex, yet practice-oriented cases and researches the organizational, structural, and emotional pre-conditions in which collaboration and ethical deci- sion-making can be facilitated.

Unlike current solutions, it adds a new dimension for negotiation: The language of Design. Design holds the poten- tial to add tangible, multisensory experiences to current circumstances and aims to mediate ideas and opportunities between stakeholders to negotiate the desirability of possible outcomes.

Besides desk research and research results from past projects, protagonists from areas like financ, healthcare, workforce, futurism, pszcholog are being ap- proached with the aim to provide first-hand knowledge and inputs on trust and responsibility in collaborative set- tings and thus, offer frameworks, cases, and scenarios to investigate in.

This not-so-self-service Apéro is an invitation to a culinary setting where collaboration is the key to unfold the full potential of this multisensory experience. Participants face challenges and limitations which they can overcome by engaging and interacting with each other through communication, play, and creative problem-solving and are introduced to relationship-centric design approaches.

Between body-storming, self-reflection, discussions, and theoretical input, the experience provides the framework and the tools to rethink vulnerability, dependency, trust, and responsibility. 

©2023 Bamna Dadashzadeh
©2023 Bamna Dadashzadeh