Why should I care? – Driving civic engagement through the power of design

From voting in elections to running a local community event, there are many ways people can actively take part in shaping society. This civic engagement involves many actors (from individuals to governments) and happens on many scales (from hyper-local to nationwide).

This is undergoing a lot of change. Shifting cultural norms and emerging technologies are upsetting the status quo. As society becomes increasingly divided by misinformation, polarisation and isolation, the issue of engaging people with society is more important than ever.

As a public service media provider, the BBC is at the core of this struggle. That’s why we want to start an informative dialogue among (service) designers, policy makers, researchers and community engagement professionals to find communication opportunities and yield innovative solutions to improve civic engagement. People who are fully engaged in their cities, neighbourhoods or communities are motivated to vote, contribute to their local environment, shape politics, advocate, and act as stewards of public spaces and activities.

We invite you to join this series of talks to explore the role of design in enabling people to shape their communities, government and society at large. 

You’ll dive into rethinking the design processes to help citizens take action on behalf of themselves and their communities, shaping public policy and highlighting the connecting factors and strengthening forces between policy and service design, designing ways to increase democratic participation amongst (young) people, and collaborating with organisations to combat misinformation around the world.

Would you like to join the conversation about transforming the way citizens can maximise their own opportunities and choices? Let’s find ways to use the power of design to make it more likely that people will play active civic roles, and codesign tools and methodologies that encourage public participation, constructive communication and collaborative behaviours.

Has this sparked ideas for you?

Do get in touch if you want to pick up on any of these thoughts.