A team of Waag travelled to Cairo, Egypt, to organize workshops in a series called 'Make the Future', commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Youngsters started with designing solutions for social themes, like unemployment or communication with the government. Waag uses co-creation and its 'users as designers' methodology to challenge young people to come with practical design solutions. Using specially developed puzzle pieces they shape their ideas and elaborates these further into prototypes. These are used in conversations with policy makers, (local) politicians and business people.
What can you do about the pollution in the streets? Make an online game for schools, get out to map the problem and clean up the mess. Take a ‘selfie’ (a portrait on location) to your school and put it online. These online selfies offer a great overview to discuss with the local politicians.
In cooperation with UNDP, Waag organizes the workshop series in Georgia, Egypt and Armenia. A new kind of citizen participation. Do you make your own future?