Senior Design Researcher
RISE Interactive (Sweden)
Jeroen Peeters is a Senior Design Researcher at RISE Interactive in Umeå, Sweden. RISE Interactive works with the public and private sector to develop and test proposals for societal transformation based on design research methodologies. RISE stands for Research Institutes of Sweden – the national polytechnical research institute owned by the Swedish state.Jeroen holds a PhD from Umeå University and has a background as an Industrial Designer, trained at Eindhoven University of Technology.
Societal transformation is a messy business. Unintended consequences, lucky coincidences and unexpected outcomes are part of the game. As are learning from one another and wishful thinking about re-applying best practices.
In this workshop, we will examine two particular cases. One is the Brabant Outcomes Fund, a public-private financing method initiated by the province of Noord-Brabant to boost socio-economic transformation by realising and concretising the purpose economy. The second is the ‘Station of Being’, a radical new design for a bus stop aimed at making sustainable public transport more appealing, realized in Umeå, Northern Sweden.
Both of these cases offer the possibility to examine what we can learn from transformative proposals that emerged in the mix between complex groups of stakeholders and established ways of doing things. We will do this by transposing one best practice into the context of the other, to understand what is unique and specific to one European location, as well as understand if and what is generalizable and replicable in another.