By doing the collaborative group mapping in the previous sessions, with no sense of structure or form. It was great to have a framework to close in the problem space. The 5W’s or WHO/WHAT/WHEN/WHERE/WHY was great to map out a specific target area of housing affordability that we were really passionate about exploring, or felt that there was a real problem there.
Before we were just looking at vague issues but not really getting the whole picture of the specific areas we were examining. For example the “housing affordability crisis” itself, was this big issue that seemed like was just blown up in the media, surrounded by a lot of economic jargon and that something no one could touch. But in fact there are a lot of little facets of the problem space that were opened up by the use of 5W’s approach. Eg. Who is behind the problem, What exactly is the current situation, When did it begin, Which demographics and geographical areas are being affected by it and Why is it happening – social, political and infrastructural catalysts.
Collaborative mapping is the one thing that really consolidates all this seemingly aimless search for understanding in the endless data field that is the internet. But I suppose this sense of aimless that we have experienced, having to dive into an unknown topic is something that really pushes the whole idea of an emergent practice. Something that emerges unexpectedly or expectedly, after putting something into practice over a period of time.
This emergent way of thinking, will allow us to go into the next step of this process with a framework that puts these issues into a innovative and designer-y light.