On the 25th of March we hosted a forum on Design and Facilitation in the National Museum or Ireland. The forum, which consisted of four prominent designers working as facilitators within public and private realms, aimed to highlight a few of the ways that designers can act as change makers. The talks were held in conjunction with the National Museum of Ireland and Dublin Institute of Technology and took place in the Museum at Collins Barracks which is home to a large chunk of Ireland's physical history.
Speakers on the day included Michael Torrans of The Potting Shed Dublin, Jonathan Legge of The Souvenir Project and Makers & Brothers, Barry Sheehan of The Dublin Project and DIT and Kim Mackenzie-Doyle of the Institute of Designers Ireland.
The theme of Design and Facilitation was chosen as a reaction to new roles that designers are finding in the world today. The place of the designers as the makers of iconic products for international manufacturers is as strong as ever, however some designers are choosing to put their skills to use in managing, curating and collaborating to change systems and communities.
On the day, each speaker described their experience acting as a facilitator of change within the context of a specific subject and the result were four very-different talks that touched upon some of the key elements of this practice: what was important to them in the projects, what they aim/aimed to achieve and the problems they faced.
It was a real pleasure to run the talks on the day and to be made so welcome in the National Museum of Ireland on a beautiful morning in March. These four talks have provided an point from which to explore facilitation and change making in Ireland by design and I look forward to expanding on this subject soon.
*Many thanks to Eimir O'Brien (@eimirobrien) at the National Museum of Ireland, Bernard Timmins of DIT and all of the speakers.
**The four talks will be available soon, for more information please get in touch.