Dutch Design Week 2018, The Arena @ G18, Eindhoven
Dutch Design Week 2018,G18, Eindhoven
Upcoming: Atlanta Design Festival 2018
What if we would talk about EU countries as if they were regular people in daily life situations? What would happen when a few countries (or friends) decide to share a ride, or when one is short a few coins at the supermarket? Could we relate? Would we feel less far away from information about rules and practices that can influence our daily lives in significant ways?
There is a need for human-centred approaches to communicating political information – current news formats (like live blogs, live reporting, 'legalese-heavy' online journalism) create unnecessary artificial distance between the news and its audience, between politicians, policies and citizens.
That's why the Kitchen Sink Politics approach was created. To increase our openness to information that may otherwise be skipped, scrolled away – to reduce the cognitive load of interacting with politics-related topics.
Why a problem?
Unless we are someone working full-time in Policy (and/or getting paid to interact with political content), or are an expert in a field closely connected to it, the chances are high that we might miss important information because we are simply busy with living our lives and tending to the more urgent and day-to day-activities. There's nothing wrong with that. However, if we take this reality into account, there is an opportunity (if not a responsibility) to bridge the gap and strive to create friendly, inclusive and patient formats for sharing information regarding politics, policy, regulations.
There are not many alternative formats to communicate the impacts of these EU-wide policies and there is a real need to kickstart initiatives like this. The more the better.