Company: J5 Design
Client: United Way of Calgary and Area
In 2022, United Way of Calgary and Area commissioned our service design firm to contribute to an initiative that aims to improve the wellbeing of youth using an established 25-year prevention strategy, Planet Youth, in conjunction with their collaborator Miskanawah Community Services Association. Our challenge was to provide a co-design framework and facilitation to support the client to achieve their Indigenous youth engagement goals within the Planet Youth initiative.
We began the project by consulting with seven Indigenous Elders representing different tribes. Through this consultation, we saw an opportunity to accomplish the client’s goals while engaging appropriately with our Indigenous colleagues and youth through “Wellbeing Circles”. The circles were based on co-design methodology and followed a design lab approach moving through phases of empathy, problem definition, ideation, and prototyping.