Post 3 by Lucy Allen
When understanding and discovering any complex system the system can only be appreciated when attempting to map the stakeholders involved. It is only then that you can see the intricate web of players, their values and relationships and how they make up a larger system and influence each other. Stakeholder mapping alongside a collection of visual research has allowed me to appreciate these systems, their intricacies and portrayals through a visual format apposed to the written texts I have previously discovered.
When asked to produce a stakeholder map in class on the topic of Obesity and Healthy Living it was quite daunting task. The system and stakeholders form such a complex web and we worried that we wouldn’t be able to cover every actor and relationship within the time and space constraints.In the end we were very happy with the map we produced, whilst not clear it is well thought out and conveys a basic overview of the stakeholder involved in the issue.
We were later asked to map stakeholders based on their values and relationships. This provided much more challenging as we really had to put ourselves in the shoes of each stakeholder and discuss their position in the grand scheme of things.
The two stakeholder maps we created in class was based on the overarching issue of ‘Obesity and Healthy Living’. As my research has led me into the quite specific topic of Type 1 Diabetes I wanted to take these two maps on relationships and values to create a more specific map of the topic, breaking this down into human and non-human players.
When creating an image bank to reflect all that I have been researching and discussing I have really tried to find images that either depict some reality of living with Diabetes or allow me to challenge societal assumptions. Many of the images I’ve found cleverly reflect the treatment of Diabetes through the use of needles and other harsh means. It’s very easy to hide the treatment of Diabetes so I think that imagery and artworks are a great way for people to express their frustration and the more hidden aspects of the disease.
Despite the freedom of visuals to communicate I did find it difficulat to find any images that conveyed the overall experiene of what it is like to live with Type 1 Diabetes. I put this down to the silent nature of the disease in that people living with it look perfectly healthy and normal. Unlike Type 1, Type 2 is a bit easier to stereotype as seen in image 4, where those suffering are predominantly overweight. Due to this, I struggled to find imagery that could really reflect the experience of living with Type 1 Diabetes and not just a treatment or small aspect of it.
I feel these images reflect many of the issues I’ve previously talked about around the subject of Type 1 Diabetes however do so in a more lighthearted way than my textual sources have. It is amazing what can be communicated through an image and I feel a lot is said through the particular images I’ve chosen.
Image 1: Swiss-abetic Pen & Ink by Birdwing Press
Image 2: Jellybeans In a Jar by J. Tyler
Image 3: Complication of Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 from A Fair Go
Image 4: Diabetes Sucks by Noah Health
Image 5: Newcastle Walk to Cure Diabetes by R Osland
Image 6: Icecream Cones by The Taable
Image 7: Diabetes Art Day by M. Mokate
Image 8: Campaign Image by #NoPricks
Image 9: Diabetic Fingertips found on Google Image Search
Image 10: Diabetic Thirst by E. Loli
A Fair Go, 2014, Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 – Complications, viewed 20th of August <2016, http://afairgo.net/diabetes-mellitus-type-one-complications/>
Birdwing Press, 2016, Etsy, viewed 19th of August 2016, <https://www.etsy.com/listing/96275838/swiss-abetic-pen-ink-diabetes?ref=cat_gallery_22&ga_search_query=Diabetes&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all>
Deviant Art, Diabetic Fingertips, Google Images, viewed 20th of August 2016, <http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/91454971/>
Loli, E., 2015, Diabetic Thirst, Tictail, viewed 20th of August 2016, <http://eugenialoli.tictail.com/product/diabetic-thirst>
Mokate, M., 2014, Diabetes Art Day, Diabetes Daily, viewed August 20th 2016, <https://www.diabetesdaily.com/blog/2014/02/diabetes-art-day-2014/>
Noah Health, 2016, Diabetes Sucks, Noah Health, viewed 20th of August 2016, <http://www.noahhealth.org/five-most-common-food-myths-associated-with-diabetes/#soc>
NoPricks, 2014, Campaign Image, viewed 19th of August 2016, <http://www.nopricks.com/>
Osland, R. 2014, ‘Walkers at the Newcastle Walk to Cure Diabetes’, Newcastle Herald, viewed 18th of August 2016, <http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2618848/thousands-walk-newcastle-for-diabetes/>
The Taable, 2016, Icecream Cones, Pinterest, viewed 18th of August 2016, <thetaable.com>
Tyler, J., 2015, Jelly Beans in a Jar, Reference, viewed 19th of August 2016, <https://www.reference.com/math/calculate-jelly-beans-jar-6fd1770243a80db>