The Social Innovation Safari was a two week (9-19 July 2013) immersive learning experience where designers, social workers, academics, entrepreneurs, researchers, and practitioners from around the world work together to solve real-life social issues. We used a problem-solving approach, which is collaborative, action-oriented, and inherently social. We worked on the messy, complex social issues that are in desperate need of both new approaches and new solutions. The Safari was a methodology for developing our collective problem-solving capabilities and skills.
In total four different societal cases were worked on. I have been part of a team working on the Dobbe neighborhood in Amsterdam, a neighborhood with many cultures, a lot of unemployment, poverty and different perspectives on how life in a good neighborhood should be.