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How can metadesign be applied in order to affect the decisions and actions made by humans that have a high probable impact on their society? The FIG (Fractal Innovation Generator) was an attempt to provide one of the possible answers to that question.
The project called Making Society aimed to explore the role of metadesign as a design discipline and a craft at the bachelor’s level as well as concepts like society, systems, the mind-hand connection, making and holistic sustainability. It was seeking to answer questions regarding who had been given, and whom should have been given, agency in decision-making at different societal levels. What types of artifacts, practices, and interventions could or should be used to challenge the conventional implementation of these decision-making structures? This was explored through a combination of the examination of a variety of closely connected subjects, the interviewing of experts of related domains and a series of collaborative processes such as workshops and co-creative sessions.
Making Society resulted in the development of FIG (Fractal Innovation Generator). In collaboration with Region Kronoberg this tool was designed to meet a specific challenge concerning public health development. FIG is a tactile tool that methodically guides multidisciplinary teams to co-create innovative ideas, which addresses complex challenges that affects multiple stakeholders on different levels of a society.