TEAMBUILDING AMERICA: A DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE
Countering social and political polarization in the United States through design and team building.
Master's Thesis (MFA in Products of Design).
Project advisor: Allan Chochinov
Teambuilding America was a yearlong research and design project to address growing polarization in the United States. Drawing from my background facilitating group development and personal growth experiences, I chose to model the problem as a team-building challenge. An intensive research and synthesis period led me to develop an ecosystem of thirteen design concepts for depolarization. A selection of concepts are shown below.
Final thesis presentation. SVA Theatre, NYC, 5.14.19
Teambuilding America thesis compendium
Interviews were a large part of the research process. I spoke with more than fifty experts working in design, politics, and organizational development. These experts came from across the United States and the political spectrum.
I also read books, political research studies, academic papers, news articles, opinion pieces, and social media threads. My commutes were filled with political podcasts, especially the Ezra Klein Show and the Science of Politics podcast.