Design for Good webcast series: episode four

The Constitutionary

Our fourth episode of the Design for Good webcast series, “The Constitutionary,” took place on March 17, 2017.

About this episode

Illustrator extraordinaire and design strategist Tomas Ives discussed the community engagement process behind "The Constitutionary,” and his involvement in co-creating a national charter. Following years of amendments to the Chilean Constitution, which was drafted by the Pinochet dictatorship amid chronic social unrest, Chile’s current president, Michelle Bachelet, crowdsourced a project to rewrite the national Constitution by the people for the people. In conversation with Ives and American civic service designers and experts, we discussed the creative and strategic step-by-step process behind this ambitious, inspiring, and controversial civic engagement project.

We answered questions like:

  • How can data visualization and design thinking engage underserved communities, including the most remote rural populations of Patagonia, to participate in a true democratic process?
  • What role can illustrators, communicators, and service designers play in convening disparate populations around a common national project while emulating values of transparency, participation, and innovation?
  • How can research and design become essential tools to evolve and improve traditional political processes?

About the panel

  • Tomas Ives, Government of Chile, design and special projects director
  • Chelsea Mauldin, Public Policy Lab, executive director
  • Emily Herrick, Reboot, service designer

Learn more about AIGA’s Design for Good webcast series.

The Design for Good webcast series is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional funding provided by IBM.