This project explores storytelling tools for the collaborative work with persons in vulnerable situation, in this case, a group of unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan living in Umeå, Sweden.
The title of the project is Storytelling for intercultural dialogue: experience design with unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan, and with this community of friends, the creative exploration was carried our with a theoretical approach from a decolonising and feminist point of view, with collaborative design methods. With their own stories, they fill in the gap of how unaccompanied minors and asylum seekers are depicted in the dominant narrative. It is them providing meaning to the design concept.
Sound impressions from the codesign workshop.
The participants –a group of friends from Afghanistan and solidary friends of them– had the unique opportunity of participating in a gala event for raising awareness and funds for young persons from Afghanistan in a refugee situation in Sweden. These friends had already identified the bolani, a popular flatbread from Afghanistan, as something that they could produce and sell in this occassion.
However, we wanted to tackle the narrative around their situation, and design the encounter to surpass the common assumptions and establish a more equal interaction between them and the attendants to the event.
The experience and service design concept was worked through a codesign workshop, that focused on storytelling tools. This workshop included visual cues, playing with emotions, words, memories and dreams.