design lead & community hub coordinator
2017 — 2018
SORT was a not-for-profit social enterprise that aimed to enhance recycling, divert waste from landfill and create new jobs in the resource recovery industry.
My role involved re-building the brand identity and establishing connections with the local community via a curated program of workshops, training and events from the West End hub in Brisbane. I worked closely with a network of designers, community members, stakeholders, academics, researchers and blockchain developers to design strategies for household waste separation and resource recovery via a socio-technical system built on the blockchain, the SORT System.
In participatory workshops with Relative Creative, a strategic design firm, SORT embraced mapping the complexities of waste as a socio-technical system which placed the SORT System in a relational view. These workshops allowed SORT to understand the complex and critical fusion between waste, societies and blockchain.
Unfortunately, the SORT System never passed community consultation and conceptual design phase due to loss of funding.
A critical reflection of my time at SORT, including my experience designing with blockchain is provided in a forthcoming publication authored and presented with Tristan Schultz (Relative Creative) at the UnMaking Waste Conference in 2018. To access this paper, go here.