HOW DO YOU WANT TO HEAL?
“How do you want to heal?” is an interactive web tool for community organizers and activists to self and community care. This tool is for those who want to participate in community care but find it difficult due to isolation from their communities.
"How do you want to heal?" uses introspective questions (based on different community oriented words like build, hold and ground) to encourage the user to think deeply about themselves and the way they relate to others, helping them to engage in stronger relationships with themselves and the people around them.
01: identifying THE design problem
How do activists & COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS practice self and community care without a strong and sustainable community?
I created "How Do You Want to Heal?" based on the following premises:
I challenge self care to be used for healing, and to grow one’s capacity for love (for yourself and others
Self care is more than material needs that can be bought; it is a process of self growth
I want to imagine a self care that is intrinsically intertwined with our communities, but without depending or relying on them in unhealthy ways.
02: IDENTIFYING TARGET AUDIENCE
I wanted my target audience to identify with the following traits:
multiplicity of marginalized identities
familiar with community organizing (but not necessarily activists)
feelings of isolation
limited access to professional counseling or healing services
03: solidifying ideas
04: FINAL PRODUCT!
"How Do You Want to Heal?" has different sets of interactive questions based on different words related to community building. For this project I chose the words:
These words are not meant to be taken literally so each of the modules start with a screen defining the word, in the context of community organizing. Those screens are displayed below.
defining each module
guiding the user through each module
Each module guides the user through a set of reflective questions based on the name of the module. These questions are meant as an intimate and personal reminder for the user: of their goals, dreams, and overall path in life or community organizing.
The user can choose whether or not to keep these answers by sending them to themselves or downloading them.
CHALLENGES & LESSONS LEARNED
stuck between two bubbles
In my experience, those familiar with design weren't familiar with community organizing and vice versa. I had to pay close attention to both the visual and written content I was presenting to my audience, to make sure they understood it.
To users who weren't familiar with community organizing, I had to explain the name of the modules, the questions, and the purpose of my simulation concisely, without losing their attention, but also clearly, in a way they understood.
To users who weren't familiar with design, I had to simplify my UI to ensure it was universally usable.