Post 9 – Visual documentation of the brainstorming exercise: Climate Change

By Vicky Lam

In the tutorial of Week 6, We worked as a group of four to practice the skill of how to identify a particular problem within our issue of climate change or global warming such as in the perspective of a particular sector, and then write a specific problem statement within our issue, and to brainstorm the possibilities for a design response to the identified problem or sector.


To achieve this, we attempted to address the following: –

  1. Who does the problem affect?
  2. What are the boundaries of the problem – is it structural (organizational), representational or a lack of awareness? What will happen when it is fixed, and what if not fixed?
  3. When does the problem occur, and when needed to be fixed?
  4. Where is the problem occurring – only in certain locations or certain process?
  5. Why is it important that the problem is fixed? What impact does it have on all stakeholders?


We find sharing of the knowledge and information (obtained from individual primary and secondary researches) amongst group members, lecture and seminar materials (in particular the illustrating examples and projects in data driven visualization, service designs and generative systems) and weekly blogs posted by peers, and mind maps jointly developed in the tutorials could help us to identify a particular problem or sector within our issue of climate change or global warming for creating a design response at a later stage to the identified problem or sector.


Each one in the group identifies a problem or sector through brainstorming. For example, a member in my group will focus on adverse impact of climate change on Great Barrier Reef and hence its impact on tourism, whereas I will focus on how climate change and livestock industry are related to each other and their impacts on key stakeholders (as food producers and food consumers) given the economy of Australia being a developed agricultural country is greatly influenced by the agriculture productivity as Australia is one of the biggest meat/diary product and livestock exporters in the world, and livestock sector is the third biggest GHG emitters in Australia after the energy and transport sectors. The brainstorming exercise in the tutorial not only enhances our skill of problem-identification and hence statement-writing but also widens our design thinking of possibility-generations.


Figure 1 below shows the mind map jointly created in the tutorial.



Figure 2 below shows the mind map of the five “W”s for the problem statement generated by me during the brainstorming exercise.



Figure 3 below shows some of the possibilities for my design response to my identified problem or sector.





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