Paraplyen

Wtitten note from Søren - a participant with Parkinson disease. When asked to share advice for the younger generation he wrote:  “Be happy and be yourself”.

Wtitten note from Søren - a participant with Parkinson disease. When asked to share advice for the younger generation he wrote: “Be happy and be yourself”.

Yesterday we had a vernissage at Paraplyen (The Umbrella), Frederiksberg. On show was work produced during a series of participatory workshops held at the social café’s guests and volunteers. It was developed and facilitated by Stine Behrendtzsen (a colleague from KEA/the design school where I teach) and I. The final images presented yesterday was the result of a series of workshops where the users shared life stories while visualising aspects of these stories. Paraplyen is a social KFUK café providing activities and help for anyone that needs to be part of a supportive environment. The workshop was part of an initiative exploring what agencies might emerge when introducing storytelling, visual methods and co-designerly processes in relation to social engagement.