Using Design to Crack Society’s Problems

Fast Company features a brief profile of Hilary Cottam and Participle in their November issue.

What may be surprising is that Participle isn’t a conventional bunch of social workers or do-gooders. It’s a design team. Participle’s interdisciplinary crew includes anthropologists, economists, entrepreneurs, psychologists, social scientists, and a military-logistics expert, but it is driven by design techniques and headed by Cottam, 42, who also has used such strategies to tackle the shortcomings of Britain’s school and health systems.

Participle also has a new website.




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