Working Group 4: Summary

Working Group 4 discussed the role of design in a healthy world.

This working group discussed the paper by Loretta DiPietro, James Sallis, Victor Matsudo and Kelly Brownell, ‘Design for a healthy world’.

Working paper >>

The initial presentation of the working paper was given by Ron Romero. The facilitators for the working group were Loretta diPietro and Robin Murray.

How can the paper be improved?
  • The main recommendation was that the scope of the paper should be clarified – for example, it looks at the environment and how it affects movement and food.
  • Perhaps include discussion on how we change social norms, and identify the special conditions that pertain within different countries.
  • The paper should address the evidence base as well as the experience base – process evaluation is needed.
How do we move forward, using the information in the paper?
  • The issue of social movement is important – building a progressive coalition could assist in bringing about change in the environment.
  • Chronic disease prevention will occur where communities are ready to effect change. By going into economically challenged areas and stimulating them with new finance etc., and by educating stakeholders as change agents, prevention efforts are more likely to be successful.
  • The Design Council gave examples of co-design. Changes are best effected locally, but there is a need for innovation and for process to be effected from the top down.
  • One of the working groups was particularly interested in process – the issues of designing a society that impacts on healthy living: ‘design with passion’.
What do we want OxHA to do?
  • OxHA could assist with pairing up ‘non-traditional partners’ – for example, linking scientists with architects
  • One idea is that OxHA works as an ‘ideas bank’ – i.e. act as a distributor of progressive and innovative ideas to groups who do not usually collaborate.
  • Technical assistance from OxHA could be useful in developing ideas.
  • OxHA could serve to navigate the complexities of relationships and issues: local v. federal, process v. outcome etc. One way to do this would be for OxHA to have an ‘idea of the month’ programme on its website, on which a specific topic is addressed. People can log in to get ideas or to contribute to the discussion.