In Denmark, we pride ourselves on the elaborate welfare system that provides a safety net for all of us. So why does our collective well-being seem to be at risk? In recent years, we’ve seen a rise in young people with mental health issues, our seniors are being increasingly marginalized and viewed as a burden, and healthcare solutions often weigh the system’s needs over the patient. It’s time to flip the system on its head.
Let’s redesign the framework
At DDC, we believe that all people have the capacity – and the right – to change their current situation in life. But too often, people are defined by the labels we as a collective affix to them. “Old,” “unemployed,” “vulnerable”. Labels that leave the receiver in a passive role, with little choice or motivation to participate actively in society.
Instead of continuing to patch the holes in our social fabric, we need to weave a new pattern, radically changing the approaches to our social challenges. We need to redesign the framework, taking a careful look at the preset conditions for certain stages in life – both systemic and human.
Creating a thriving population
We build the capacity in institutions, organizations, and individuals to find a new starting point to overcoming challenges. Moving the needle from me to we, from age-defined to life-centered, from receiver to actor. With design as an approach and a method, we start by identifying human behavior and needs, then mobilize all relevant actors, always including the target group, to work around new solutions and build capacity within the relevant organization.
This way, we can close the gap between citizens and government, empowering people – old, young, ill, or well – by giving them the platform and the tools to help build new solutions that can change their lives for the better. Ultimately creating a population that thrives and a healthier welfare society overall.
Our social mission: A thriving youth
In Denmark, we see an increasing number of young people and children experiencing a decline in well-being in school and a continued growth in mental dissatisfaction. A recent study from 2020 shows that 15 % of all Danish children by the age of 18 have been diagnosed with psychiatric disease. This is a concern that not only affects the young but our entire welfare system. It has become a goal for the Danish government to strengthen the well-being of our youth.
We want to support that by launching a mission that addresses mental health issues among the young because put simply – shouldn’t our youth be thriving?
Launching a mission is hard work and we can’t do it alone. You’re invited to join the journey towards creating a new better normal. We’re still in the preliminary phase of defining the mission, after having concluded a number of workshops. Our current plan is to launch the mission at the beginning of 2022.
Read more about how we work with missions here: Missions playbook.
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Future scenarios and speculative design
With design, storytelling, and alternative futures we can highlight complex issues from new perspectives. Through scenario-based design, we discover new ways to take action. It gives us the tools we need to build organizations that are flexible and ready for change. And it allows us to make better decisions, right here and now. Sometimes you need to place yourself in the future in order to make the right decisions for tomorrow.
We work scenario-based with both small and big businesses, and public institutions like municipalities, schools, and hospitals. Explore and try our scenario toolkit Living Futures, and read more about our work with scenario-based and speculative design right here.
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