Monday 24th of October 2022 (chair/facilitator: Prof Richie Moalosi)

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08.00-08.10 UK time  Opening 
08.10-08.50 UK time (12.40-13.20 India time) 01. Presentation by C. Ashwathy Satheesan (20 mins) + Q&A and discussion on potential future collaboration (20 mins)
08.50-09.30 UK time (16.50-17.30 Korea time) 02. Presentation by Dr Chajoong Kim (20 mins) + Q&A/discussion (20 mins)
09.30-10.10 UK time (17.30-18.10 Korea time) 03. Presentation by Dr Joon Sang Baek (20 mins) + Q&A/discussion (20 mins)
10.10-10.50 UK time (17.10-17.50 Hong Kong time)  04. Presentation by Kevin Cheung (20 mins) + Q&A/discussion (20 mins)
10.50-11.30 UK time (15.20-16.00 India time) 05. Presentation by Kavisha Parikh (20 mins) + Q&A/discussion (20 mins)
11.30-11.40 UK time Closing

01. Applying the COM-B behaviour model and behaviour change wheel to develop an intervention framework to promote upcycling

C. Ashwathy Satheesan, India

Although the benefits of upcycling have been discussed widely in the last decade, adoption, action, and preference towards the various upcycling interventions haven’t been very effective. On the other hand, interventions that target issues with policy have been created to attempt change at the level of the individual rather than the systems in which they function. The creators of the COM-B model and BCW (Behaviour Change Wheel) offer a systematic approach to moving from behavioural analysis to identifying potential intervention functions and policy categories that might create change. The methodological approach from problem definition to intervention development and evaluation can be followed across behaviours and contexts. By adapting this behaviour change model to the context of upcycling, we can develop a comprehensive intervention framework that addresses the systems of behaviour needed to promote and scale up upcycling. Click here to watch the presentation video.

02. Understanding Everyday Design Behaviours 

Dr Chajoong Kim, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea 

Everyday Designing Behaviors (EDB) involves the reuse of existing products for new purposes. On the basis of a photo inventory with 246 cases we conducted an exploratory study into the factors that stimulate or evoke the making of EDB. The results indicate that product elements are important triggers for EDB in terms of latent action possibilities. The element Form is the main trigger for people to remake existing products to EDB. The other two product elements in our study, Material and Manipulability, are less influencing the transition to EDB, material being stronger related to function ‘change’ and manipulability more to function ‘addition’. Although this study has an exploratory character, it could provide design practitioners with a better understanding of users’ EDB. As they actively create meaning to products, they might be able to stimulate EDB and in that way, contribute to product sustainability. Click here to watch the presentation video.

03. Upcycling wasted human capabilities

Dr Joon Sang Baek, Yonsei University, South Korea

Upcycling is defined as a process of transforming waste materials into something of higher value or quality. The objects of upcycling are commonly characterised as having tangible and material qualities and include by-products, waste materials, and useless or unwanted products.  In this abstract, I expand the scope of objects of upcycling immaterial wastes, especially underutilised human capability. In South Korea, society is rapidly ageing and going through a transition where seniors are considered unproductive, and their abilities are thus underutilised and wasted. This is problematic as the society lacks an economically active population while simultaneously suffering from an increasing burden of maintaining the social welfare system. Edgar Cahn, a pioneer of the Timebank movement, believed that we are all assets and have something valuable to share with others. This belief became one of the core values of Timebanking, a global initiative of exchanging reciprocal service that uses time as currency and is active in 26 countries. Positing that adding value to an underutilised human resource can be considered upcycling, I raise the question, ‘how can we transform seniors’ capabilities into something of greater value?’ and introduce the cases of peer-support services. These cases demonstrate the creative reuse of seniors’ capabilities using a relational service design methodology that reinforces relational qualities among seniors and thereby generates positive impacts on social sustainability. I hope that this presentation provokes a discussion on whether we can apply upcycling design to transform immaterial wastes so that the resulting outcome is of greater social, ecological and economic value. Click here to watch the presentation video.

04. Designing with waste

Kevin Cheung, Kevin Cheung Upcycling Product Design, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Upcycling Product Designer, Kevin Cheung devotes himself in developing upcycling products and raising public’s eco-awareness. At the same time, he believes that designers have the ability and obligation to protect the environment in order to sustain the balance between the eco-system, economy and the society. He is good at turning the waste into attractive and contemporary artworks and products. Click here to watch the presentation video.

05. Designing methods in fashion upcycling

Kavisha Parikh, Patch over Patch, India

The presentation will show my journey in exploring the design methods in fashion upcycling as a process, and production methods in garment production while working with the local craft community. Click here to watch the presentation video.