The Exchange Project: A Case Study in Public Interest Design as a Catalyst for Cultural Engagement in Entonet, Kenya

Joseph Ayers-Johnson, Bridget Ayers Looby, Anna Ayers Looby, Lydia Benge Briggs


This article outlines a case study of a piloted design and cultural collaboration between a group of University of Minnesota graduate students and a diverse tribal community in Entonet, Kenya. Both the project ideas and outputs as well as the approach of the exchange itself were rooted in the principles of Public Interest Design (PID) and the Social, Economic, and Environmental Design (SEED) mission to use the strength and knowledge of the community as the framework for solutions. These solutions then, in turn, act as a catalyst for further Public Interest Design within the Entonet community where the changes have occurred.

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