CoDesigning for Resilience in Rural Development through P2P Networks and STEAM Place-based Learning Interventions

By: Anita Mc Keown  

In 2016, the World Economic Forum at Davos discussed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, where it was internationally recognised that it can no longer be "business as usual," given the projected 15 years to achieve the transformative change necessary for the well-being of human kind (Mueller, 2016). The complex and interconnected global challenges we face demand alternative strategies. This must include systemic approaches (Gawande, 2014) that focus on an overarching ethos of change, which guides the implementation of any strategies. If we are to adopt a "beyond-compliance" culture, then the need for "culturally situated local approaches that include multiple worldviews and a systemic design thinking perspective that integrates science" and technology (Mckeown, 2018) offers a fertile research opportunity. Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency Ireland, the CoDesRes project utilises a unique art and design critical praxis that develops sustainable communities through a focus on circular economies, waste as resource and engagement with marine and coastal plastic pollution implementing the following Sustainable Development Goals 4,11,14 and 15. Based on the Iveragh peninsula CoDesRes offers insights into methods of encouraging community engagement with international agendas at the local level.

Creative Placemaking, Design Thinking, Sustainable Development Goals
The Arts in Social, Political, and Community Life
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Anita Mc Keown

Principal Investigator / PhD Faculty, Materials and Mechanical Engineering, University College Dublin, Ireland
Kerry, Ireland