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Freie Universität Bozen

MA Eco-Social Design. Project 2 by Giulia Fasoli Tom Semmelroth | SS 2020

Biosüdtirol Employee Project: Engage employees to co-create a preferable working environment

An organic apple farmer cooperative wants to expand its values upon all employees.

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When our project partner Biosüdtirol came to us with the challenge to better integrate the seasonal workers of the packaging department, we initiated a participatory process to build up trust and gain insights into the problems and issues of the company and its employees. Through a variety of data-gathering artefacts, personal interviews and interventions we dived in and managed to take a look behind the scenes of an organic apple farming cooperative. As a conclusion we handed over a catalogue proposing different implementations based on our findings. This can be seen as a first step towards empowering the often marginalized seasonal employees in the agricultural sector to take a more active part in designing and renegotiating the conditions they work in.

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Students
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Giulia Fasoli
Tom Semmelroth

Teaching Team:
Corinna Sy  (Object–Spaces–Services)
Kris Krois (Communication–Interaction–Services)
Jennifer Schubert (Social Interaction Design)
Secil Ugur Yavuz  (Design & Production)
Alastair Fuad-Luke (Design Research)

Partner:
Biosüdtirol