Two is better than one

Blog 7



Following the exercise of mapping stakeholder in week 3, we developed the stakeholder in-depth and aim to write specific name for each sections.

Revised stakeholder

The stakeholder map we did in the class was similar to the one we did in previous week. As we have familiarized ourselves with asylum seekers topic from many researches, we were easily noted down names for each section.


We identified the connection between stakeholders and their role and value became more apparent by the end of the session. It is quite hard to draw a clear line between the stakeholder category as their role and influence are overlapping each other. For example, media is a major player when it comes to influencing public perception whilst at the same time public’s voice can create manipulation on media to evoke social change.

A documentary film by Eva Orner – Stakeholder


Polemic map

Still working in pairs, the next task we focused on controversial view surrounding the issue of asylum seeker. We identified few different debates and the emotion involved in each. This exercise was interesting even though we found it to be quite difficult to map the emotion parameters of the polemic. As we realized that the stakeholder of each polemic has opposite value, we ended up making the refined version of the map to define the emotion for each stakeholder.


What define legitimate or illegal refugees? 

We explored the debate surrounding legitimacy of asylum seeker and queue jumper. We then moved forward to islamophobia and its controversial perspective from media and public. There are few emotions that came up often like anger and fear. Those emotions are experienced by both sides, however, in different context. For asylum seeker, they feared persecution while for Australian and other countries they feel a safety threat.



Working collaboratively with others on the same topic is sure a great way to open up a new space for discussion. The discussion leads to multiple ideas that I didn’t consider before. Having someone to exchange ideas, we came up with the keywords and ideas faster.

I feel like co-mapping was really a valuable exercise to provide opportunity for much more well-rounded perspective. For example, Jessica was highlighting the asylum seekers treatment on detention center while I was focused on the funding. I was completely ignoring the asylum seeker’s mental health and it’s such an interesting aspect to be considered.

Combining the research and knowledge we had, the exercise has brought fresh insights and potential design response for the issue.

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