Post 9: Visual Documentation of the brainstorming session

Brainstorming possibilities for a design response with a group of people is a great way to get input on certain topics that surround an overall issue. During this exercise I found many of my peers comments toward my response to be constructive and helpful in finding the right issue to target for my final. Their opinions helped direct my problem statement in a way that was more specific to the issue. As well as providing criticism they also  helped me gain an insight into different ways I can project the design solution. Through collectively discussing and comparing, new ideas and perspectives start to emerge.

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Our group taking images of a mind map we worked on creating together. Image documentation is important to collecting information.

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The first mind map is about the indefinite state of asylum seekers in detention centres. Our group discussed the reasoning behind the issue and the consequences its stakeholders. Through this mind map I gained a new insight into different sectors which effect the issue. I learnt that mental health and human rights play a big role in the indefinite state of these individuals and that the government is doing little to help people in this position.

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The second mind map is about public indifference with refugees and asylum seekers. Through this mind map I leant that more public indifference is driven by equality, rascal and culture/race. Through collectively brainstorming we came to a conclusion that as much as we help these people we view some of their benefits as un-equal to us (Australian Citizens). There always be public indifference unless the refugees and asylum seekers get equal rights as we do.

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The third mind map is about over burdening developing counties with refugees. Many of the first world countries pass over their refugees to third world countries and assist them with pay and facilities. Our group came to a conclusion that by passing on our refugees we are becoming an example for the world, other countries are now looking at the way we process refugees and are leading by example such as off-shore processing in detention centres. We devised that the issue needs to be fixed through government bodies and awareness.

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Our group only completed three mind maps due to over-discussing and deconstructing the problem statements by our peers. The downside to this process is leaving enough time to discuss other peoples topic of interest, some information was left out due to this. 

In conclusion, brainstorming with a group of people has been a learning experience for me personally. Through peoples insights I have gained different understanding and perspectives into the topic of refugees and asylum seekers. Group work is fundamental in further exploring an idea and deconstructing it to build and make it stronger. Through this process I feel I have a better understanding of the issue through all its angles, each position has been looked at in depth and discussed. Through my peers constructive criticism and ideologies I have gained knowledge that will assist me in my research and final design solution.

By Tamar Nazarian

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